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Nurse jailed for falsifying CV


A health worker who invented a glittering but bogus clinical career to secure work as a nurse in the NHS has been jailed for 15 months.

Abdul Pirzada forged a degree certificate and falsely claimed to have worked in global trouble spots for the United Nations and the French Red Cross to land three jobs at health centres in Birmingham.

The 50-year-old, who came to Britain from Afghanistan as an asylum seeker in 2001, spent seven years working as a practice nurse before his CV was found to have been falsified.

Although Pirzada is thought to have a genuine medical qualification from a Russian university, he provided fictitious or exaggerated details to gain work for brief periods as a physician’s assistant and a locum GP.

Pirzada, of Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, admitted two counts of fraud and one of obtaining a financial advantage by deception at a previous hearing.

Opening the facts of the case, prosecutor Robert Davies said Pirzada worked at medical centres in Saltley, Aston and Sparkhill between February 2004 and April last year.

Outlining the various falsehoods contained in Pirzada’s job applications, Mr Davies told the court: “In simple terms the CV is almost entirely a work of fiction or misleading claims.”

Amongst the lies were claims that the defendant was an adviser to an EU commission on refugees, worked at hospitals in Glasgow and Lahore, and that he was registered as a doctor with the Medical and Dental Council of Pakistan.

Passing sentence, Judge David Tomlinson told Pirzada: “The real criminality here is that you presented false documentation in order to provide medical services. That’s a serious breach of integrity that strikes at the heart of a system dependent on the implicit trust patients must have in those who administer treatment.”

The judge accepted that material gain may not have been the principle motivating factor and that the jail sentence would be damaging to other family members, particularly the defendant’s wife.

Before sentencing the judge was invited to take into account Pirzada’s prominent position as a guest speaker at an unnamed mosque and his role in offering religious teaching to local children.

Defence counsel Richard Fisher, offering mitigation, submitted that Pirzada was remorseful for his actions and had performed his medical duties, which included taking blood samples and testing for diabetes, competently.

Mr Fisher told the court: “There were, it appears, no errors of judgement in terms of his work that led to any harm to his patients.”


Readers' comments (4)

  • How did it take 7 years to discover his CV was false? I thought the NMC were there to protect the public from things like this.

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  • It appears that both the NMC and GMC were both lacking. However, the fault must lie with those who employed him for, clearly, not doing any checks or requesting references (unless he provided bogus references too). It would appear that his competence ultimately led no-one to consider that he was not genuine. If it was just a locum post, then you could argue that these things may get overlooked but he held a post for 7 years. Just goes to show: The checks and balances in the NHS are not up to the task and it would appear anyone can get a job using forged documents

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  • why do I pay for the NMC to keep me on the register and for CRB checks when I apply for new jobs if they are not worth the paper they are printed on?

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  • Why pay NMC fees. This is very concerning.

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