South Shields fraud doctor faces jail


A SOUTH Tyneside doctor who lied about his qualifications and hid his criminal convictions on applications for NHS jobs across the UK has been warned he faces jail.

Bai Kabia, who qualified as a medic in Russia, claimed to have worked in hospitals which had never heard of him, and said he had a masters degree he had never actually passed.

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 on the applications.

Susan Hirst, prosecuting, said a sample of 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 in places such as London, Plymouth, Leicester, Morecombe Bay and Bath, between December 2011 and December 2012.

Kabia denied fraud charges in relation to each one, but after a week-long trial, he was unanimously found guilty of all charges.

Mr Recorder Ben Nolan QC remanded the medic in custody until the sentence hearing next month.

The judge said: “There has to be a custodial sentence in this case. 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 none of Kabia’s many applications for work as a doctor were successful. Kabia applied for the posts through the website NHS Jobs.

The court heard on every form considered by the jury Kabia claimed to be registered with the General Medical Council.

But Miss Hirst told the court: “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.

“Others, because he failed English language requirements.” On some applications, he claimed to have a Master of Science degree in muscular skeletal science or in trauma or orthopaedics from the University College of London.

In reality, Kabia, who was 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 post-graduate certificate.

On a number of forms he claimed to have a certificate required by health professionals for X-rays and scans. He never had such a certificate.

The court heard in 2001 Kabia completed a diploma in chiropody and podiatry but exaggerated his diploma on some applications, claiming it was a university qualification.

He claimed on some forms to be a member or affiliate member of both the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians.

His membership, which was only-ever affiliate or associate, had actually lapsed for both organisations.

The court heard Kabia had claimed to have been employed as a locum doctor at a South Street Medical Centre – a hospital he had never worked at.

Miss Hirst said: “On applications, he said he had employment or work experience at various hospitals and medical centres where he quite simply had never worked.”

The court heard on some forms he said he had worked as a doctor at Newham General Hospital. He had been at the hospital as a student but was never employed or paid as a doctor.

Kabia claimed he had simply “made mistakes” on his applications and was not being deliberately dishonest.

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