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| Health & Social Care | Referencing and Verification Services
August 15, 2019
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Fake psychiatrist's patients will have their record reviewed

​In November 2018 we reported how a New Zealand woman was jailed in the UK after she provided fake qualifications. Zholia Alemi worked as a doctor for over twenty years before being jailed for five years for trying to fake the will of one of her patients.

The clinical records of all Zholia Alemi’s patients are now being reviewed by consultant psychiatrists.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “The General Medical Council (GMC) now has processes in place to ensure that this won’t happen again. I also wish to reassure people that the remainder of their care and treatment was delivered by fully qualified doctors.”

Our global qualifications check would have revealed that her qualifications were forged.

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| Specialist Searches
August 7, 2019
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Sheffield Hallam MP's chief of staff was not vetted by Parliament

Allegations of a security failure at MP Jared O'Mara's office are being investigated by the House of Commons.  The BBC reported that the Sheffield Hallam MP's chief of staff, Gareth Arnold, was not vetted by Parliament.

Mr. Arnold, who is running the MP's office in his absence, had access to sensitive casework and the MP's email account on the parliamentary network.

The House of Commons said it had taken steps to "prevent unauthorized access to Mr. O'Mara's parliamentary account".

During an investigation by the BBC podcast, The Next Episode, Mr. Arnold, 26, said: "I am running a constituency office on behalf of an MP without the required security clearance from the parliamentary authorities. It's crazy isn't it?".

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| Criminal Record Checks
August 6, 2019
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Criminal record not a get out of jail free card for employers

A company has paid an unsuccessful job applicant $2,500 in compensation and revised its global recruitment and HR practices after it was found to have discriminated against the candidate on the basis of her criminal record.

The applicant was offered a job, yet it was rescinded after a criminal background check found “disclosable offenses.” The Australian Human Rights Commission determined that there was not a sufficient connection between the criminal record and the job requirements. Employers must carefully consider the inherent requirements of a position and make decisions about hiring and firing based only on relevant criminal information.
 

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