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Woman allegedly pretended to be a doctor for eight months

Police are investigating a 27-year-old woman who allegedly pretended to be a registered doctor at a major south-west Sydney hospital for eight months.

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital spokeswoman said it was discovered on Monday that the employee was not registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney’s south-west.

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney’s south-west.Credit:Kate Geraghty

“This person was immediately removed from their duties and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital referred the matter to NSW Police for investigation,” she said in a statement.

“This person worked at the hospital from January to August 2021 and was fully supervised
throughout that time.”

The hospital is also conducting an internal investigation and has reported the matter to AHPRA.

NSW Police said it was informed about the situation on Tuesday and officers have started an investigation.

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