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Student nurse jailed for NHS bursary fraud


A nurse has been jailed for nine months in the latest of a string of NHS bursary fraud stings.

Roy Kudzai Mapfumo was convicted on Monday at Liverpool Crown Court following an investigation by NHS Counter Fraud.

In February 2001, the Zimbabwean had been granted limited leave to remain as a student in the UK until the end of October.

But he failed to contact the Home Office when his leave expired and then used a forged passport to receive a student bursary worth £20,317 while studying for a three year degree course in adult nursing at Buckinghamshire New University.

He then applied for a job at a private nursing home using his passport and a forged Home Office letter stating he had indefinite leave to remain with no restrictions on seeking employment.


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  • Nursing Times is wrong to describe this man as a nurse. He had not qualified and was not registered. The headline should have read "Student jailed for NHS bursary fraud", or even "Student nurse jailed for NHS bursary fraud". If he was studying medicine, the headline would not have read "Doctor jailed for NHS bursary fraud". This headline is inaccurate and misleading.

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  • Thanks for your comment. This was an oversight and has now been corrected.

  • I am a little confused regarding how he managed to claim such a substantial amount ...unless this was the total claimed over 3 years ? ?

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  • It is unbelievable that someone can be so dishonest as to defraud the NHS. I thought through checks were done before you could even get on to the nursing course. I trained in 1998 and strigent checks were done including CRB. At one stage my old firm had closed and I had to seek an alternative reference if both references were not checked and verify I could not get on the course. All I can say either these fraudsters are very clever or checks are not done throughly.

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  • Unfortunately it may appear that there are many fraudsters in our profession these days and a host of people for whom it’s only a means to an end and really do not care about the profession per se. It is also true to say those personnel responsible for doing the appropriate checks may in some cases be lax in their duties. Where does that leave innocent patients and the service?

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