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GMC checks 3000 doctors’ credentials after fraudulent psychiatrist practised for 23 years

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 20 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4909
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council is urgently reviewing the qualifications of around 3000 doctors after it emerged that a psychiatrist was able to practise for 23 years in the UK with fraudulent credentials.

Zholia Alemi joined the UK medical register in 1992 under an exemption that allowed certain graduates from British Commonwealth countries to obtain registration on the basis of their qualification without having to pass the standard, two part assessment of their medical knowledge and skills, the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board exam.

Alemi presented what appeared to be a primary medical qualification from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, a letter from the university confirming her graduation, and a reference …

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