A BRITISH woman who allegedly posed as a registered nurse for four years, carrying out thousands of procedures including pap tests and child vaccinations, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
As authorities contact hundreds of patients, including some 300 women who underwent pap smears, to offer repeat treatments, detectives said they were questioning the 46-year-old woman.
“Our investigations have not found any problems with the work this person has carried out and there is no reason to believe that there has been any harm to anyone’s health,” Dr James Thallon from National Health Service (NHS) said.
NHS authorities say the woman, who has a background as a healthcare assistant, allegedly gained a position as a registered nurse without the proper qualifications.
An investigation was launched once the error was realised.
While some patients treated by the woman said they are “anxious” about the re-testing procedures, others praised the woman.
“I will not be getting my children re-immunised because I trust her work. She is a wonderful nurse and a really lovely person,” a woman told UK tabloid, the Daily Mirror.
The woman, who lives in Wales, is due to face court in October.
She is facing fraud allegations relating to her time working at four GP surgeries in Kent, southeast of London, from August 2006 to September last year.