Police looking into reports that more than 1,000 people were treated over four years by a woman posing as a registered nurse who was not qualified have charged a former healthcare worker.
Detectives confirmed that Denice Stewart, 47, of Northfields, Speldhurst, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is facing charges of obtaining a pecuniary advantage for self by deception, fraud by false representation and making a false instrument and forgery.
Health officials contacted about 1,400 people last autumn, including children, who had received vaccinations and cervical smears following the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate looking into procedures carried out by an ex-healthcare worker at four GP surgeries in Medway from August 2006 to September 2010.
NHS Kent and Medway officials said there was no reason to believe anyone’s health had been harmed, although some women were offered a repeat cervical test and extra vaccinations were also carried out.
Stewart, who was charged at the end of January, was remanded on unconditional bail after appearing at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on 22 February. She is scheduled to appear at the same court on 17 April, when her case will be committed to the crown court.