Hundreds of nurses have been prosecuted for alleged qualifications fraud in the UK

Hundreds of nurses have been prosecuted for alleged qualifications fraud in the UK

Hundreds of professionals from Britain's National Health Service (NHS) continue to work despite being investigated for a fraud scheme involving people taking computerized entrance exams in Nigeria. Work in the United Kingdom.


“There is a system of fraudulent activity that allows nurses to avoid these tests or use alternatives to perform the tests for them.” Peter Carter, former executive director of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said in an interview Guardian.


“The implication is that we end up with incompetent nurses in the UK” and potentially putting patients at risk, Carter explained.


Peter Carter, one of the former heads of the NHS, argues: Nurses traveling to the UK must be suitably qualified. It also plays a role in administering medications and responding to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest.


The British Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has examination centers around the world facing the staff recruitment and retention crisis the country is facing in providing health and personal care.


However, it reportedly stopped using 40 of its 800 exam centers on suspicion of widespread fraudulent activities, especially after the case of a unique exam center in the Nigerian city of Ibadan came to light last year, where some nurses were suspected. Obtained test results fraudulently.


The NMC later declared the results of the computerized examinations of 1,955 Nigerian health professionals null and void, requiring them to retake the examination or face deregistration and expulsion from the country. In 1238 of these cases though the regulator could not prove fraud.

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A spokesperson for the British Ministry of Health and Social Care said “Aware of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fraud investigations into nurses who passed the computerized examination at a center in Nigeria”According to Guardian. “We have been advised that the NMC is taking all necessary steps to ensure the integrity of its register and the protection of patient safety.”he added.
NMC “carefully analyzes each request”



Forty-eight nurses who have been under investigation since September remain on the job In the British National Health Service (NHS) because the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) cannot cancel your registration or suspend you, They can only undergo a new exam to demonstrate their skills comply with NHS standards, according to information revealed by the health regulator in September.

According to Andrea Sutcliffe, executive director and head of records at the NMC, the hearings will take place next March, which will consist of an independent panel. “We will decide whether they have defrauded our registry. If so, they are likely to be removed from the registry.”.


However, it was revealed this Wednesday that there are new ones “We have the same concerns regarding fraud in 669 registration applicants.”Mostly nurses, Sutcliffe explained.


According to the Managing Director, NMC “carefully reviews each request”. But, so far, 80 of these new requests analyzed have already been rejected, although “these people can appeal”.

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