A SOUTH Tyneside doctor who failed more than 1,000 times to get a job with the NHS has been jailed for lying about his qualifications and hiding his criminal convictions on applications.
Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia claimed to have worked in hospitals which had never heard of him and said he had a masters degree he had never actually passed.
Recorder Ben Nolan branded the fraudster a “master of nothing” and jailed him for 15 months.
The judge told him: “These were persistent, deliberate and relatively sophisticated frauds aimed at obtaining employment for which you were not trained or qualified in the NHS.
“The gravity of the frauds is the danger to which patients of the NHS would have been exposed if any of these applications had succeeded. This requires a significant sentence to discourage others and protect the integrity of the NHS and its employees.”
The judge said Kabia had shown “breathtaking arrogance and self-delusion” during the trial.
The 46-year-old, of Hathersage Gardens, South Shields, pretended to be a member of professional organisations and wrongly claimed to be registered with the General Medical Council on his applications.
He didn’t reveal four convictions for driving offences in the applications or the fact he had been to jail.
Susan Hirst, prosecuting, said 54 of his applications were examined by investigators and found to contain false information.
Jurors considered 12 of the forms, relating to posts he applied for at hospitals in places such as London, Plymouth, Leicester, Morecambe and Bath between December 2011 and December 2012.
Kabia denied fraud, but after a week-long trial last month, he was found guilty on all counts.
Recorder Nolan told him: “This kind of fraud erodes the confidence the general public has in the NHS, which already has its detractors but, on the whole, is served by a dedicated and highly-trained team of professionals.”
The court heard that none of Kabia’s many applications for work as a doctor were successful.
Kabia applied for the posts through the website NHS Jobs.
On every form considered by the jury, Kabia claimed to be registered with the General Medical Council, the court heard.
Miss Hirst said: “From 2010 onwards, he submitted a number of applications for registration with the GMC, but they were all rejected for various reasons, some because he had applied to be registered as a GP when he was not qualified as a GP, and others because he failed English language requirements.”
On some forms, he claimed to have a master of science degree in muscular skeletal science or in trauma or orthopaedics from University College London.
In reality, Kabia, born in Sierra Leone, had enrolled on a course at the university but passed only four of the eight modules required and was awarded just a postgraduate certificate.
Kabia claimed he had simply made mistakes on his applications and was not deliberately dishonest.