A woman who worked as a fake doctor at a Sydney hospital for eight months has been identified, as she faces criminal charges over the allegations.
Zhi Le was sacked on Monday after Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital staff realised she wasn’t qualified or registered for her job.
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The 27-year-old is accused of falsifying documents to land the role after failing her final exams.
“Its extremely concerning, when people go to our hospitals they expect to be treated by trained professionals,” Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park said on Wednesday.
“Now more than ever our community needs trust in our local health professionals.”
Le had been working at the hospital as a trainee doctor since January this year.
She claims there was a mix-up with her paperwork.
Lorraine Long from the Medical Error Action Group said the incident demonstrated incompetence in the system.
“We have registration for our cars and ourselves to drive…why wouldn’t you have that checked when you work in a hospital?” she said.
“Just straight out incompetence, no one is checking the veracity of documentation.”
The agency responsible for medical registrations, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority, has admitted “we are investigating allegations about an unregistered doctor.”
Police are also investigating the incident, with charges expected to be laid.
Under national medical law, Le could face a $60,000 fine and three years in jail.
NSW Health confirmed the incident but wouldn’t say how many patients she saw.
“Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital discovered on Monday an employee was not registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA),” a Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital spokesperson said on Tuesday.
“This person was immediately removed from their duties and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital referred the matter to NSW Police for investigation.
“This person worked at the hospital from January to August 2021 and was fully supervised throughout that time.