Pair faked references to get jobs in hospital

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PATIENTS’ lives were put at risk when a couple faked job references to get work in the NHS.

Anne-Marie Read and Matthew Green, of Sholing, who are not medically trained, wrote each other references for health jobs.

This included Read taking on a position in Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard how Read, 36, attended her first two days at the Bury Road hospital, but then went off sick with ‘stress and anxiety’ for nearly three months claiming more than £2,300 in wages.

Her boyfriend had then written her another fake reference, claiming he had once been her boss so she could secure work with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Read turned up for her new job while still signed off from Gosport – only to once again go off sick within days giving the same reasons.

Read also lied about gaining qualifications through Open University and the University of Portsmouth, when neither had records of her having enrolled.

The pair pleaded guilty in February to a string of fraud charges and have now been sentenced.

Green was given a 12-month prison sentence and has been jailed because his crimes breached a suspended sentence he was serving for stealing from a former employer in 2011.

Read was sentenced to an eight-month prison term, suspended for 18 months, as well as 100 hours unpaid work.