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Man posed as psychiatrist in German hospital for over a year

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 30 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5020
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. Hamburg

A 38 year old man with psychosis and paranoid schizophrenia and no medical qualifications used forged documents to obtain a position as an assistant doctor in the psychiatric ward of a German hospital, where he worked for 15 months before the fraud was discovered.

The documents, which he forged himself, falsely indicated that he had qualified in medicine at Donetsk National University in Ukraine, said the national newspaper Bild, which uncovered the deception.1

The man, who has not been named in the German press, was involved in another major fraud a decade ago. In that case, he forged documents indicating …

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