Navy medic forged documents in bid to be NHS surgeon

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A ROYAL Navy doctor could be banned from practising after he admitted forging documents in a bid to become an NHS surgeon.

While working and training at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Robert Taylor added more than 100 false entries to a patient database.

He tried to pass off a document he found on the internet as his own work and repeatedly forged the signatures of his superiors to fast-track his career.

But his deceit was discovered in October 2009 when he was interviewed by a former supervisor in the next stage of his training to become an NHS surgeon – and the doctor noticed their own signature had been forged.

Dr Taylor was then reported to NHS Hampshire.

In January of this year he received a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Judge Ian Pearson said Dr Taylor had forged or falsified more than 200 documents for his own ‘financial gain’.

He said: ‘If people are not properly qualified it can, potentially, put patients at risk.

‘At the very least, it undermines public confidence in the particular hospitals where those doctors might work.

He added: ‘Your forgery of these documents enabled you to be promoted, not within the navy but at the various hospitals where you worked, in advance of your proper and real qualifications.’

Dr Taylor, 35, was given a 32-week suspended sentence and 150 hours of unpaid work.

He explained his actions by claiming he was under large amounts of personal and professional stress and was trying to save time.

A General Medical Council panel found his fitness to practice had been impaired by the ‘dishonest and fraudulent actions’ which resulted in his conviction.

It now must decide whether Dr Taylor should be struck off the medical register.

A spokesman from the navy confirmed he is not conducting any clinical duties.

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