Fraud-accused Waikato psychiatrist heads to court

  • 03/08/2015
Hamilton District Court (File)
Hamilton District Court (File)

A man who allegedly pretended to be a psychiatrist in a hospital for six months is set to appear in court.

The 55-year-old, whose name has been suppressed, is due to appear in the Hamilton District Court accused of fraud over a half-year-long ruse in Waikato Hospital.

He was charged with fraud in July after hospital doctors became suspicious about his competence and a background check suggested he had got the job using someone else's qualifications.

The revelation sparked the Ministry of Health to order an inspection in the DHB's mental health services.

DHB chief executive Nigel Murray said the hospital had carried out a number of checks before it employed the man in January, but failed to pick up any problems.

The accused was remanded into custody when he last appeared.