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Scientist who worked at Brentwood hospital struck off for lying

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 January 2012 | UPDATED: 13:08 23 January 2013

»A biomedical scientist who lied on her CV to get a job at a Brentwood hospital has been struck off.

Mahshid Mallak exaggerated her work history and qualifications when applying for a job at the Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital, Shenfield Road, in August 2009.

Hospital bosses were so impressed that they not only hired her, but handed her a managerial position, the Health Professions Council (HPC) heard last week.

Mallak, who began working there in November 2009, was dismissed just nine months later after lab staff became concerned about her abilities. It was only after she was fired that an investigation into her CV took place, said Gemma Gillett, for the HPC. “After she was dismissed co-workers aired their concerns about her because she was no longer a member of staff.

Investigation

“Senior managers contacted the HPC to see if she had been registered with them in 2006, as said on her CV, but they found out that she registered in 2009.”

A detailed probe revealed Mallak had only been a trainee scientist at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital in north London – she claimed she was fully qualified. It also emerged that she lied about holding three different senior positions at other hospitals.

The investigation found that she had also been kicked off a course at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for plagiarism.

However, she was cleared of a string of charges relating to serious blunders which could have had potentially dangerous consequences for patients at the Shenfield Road hospital.

The panel found these allegations were not proved.

Mallak was also cleared of leaving work early without finishing her duties and failing to record the work she had done. But the HPC panel ruled she was guilty of misconduct for lying on her CV, and that her fitness to practice was impaired.

Panel chairman Martin Ryder said: “Her actions were intentionally misleading and she exaggerated her work experience, qualifications and medical history as a biomedical scientist, clearly intending to seek work.

“A striking off order is a proportionate and necessary sanction.”

Mallak has 28 days to appeal against the decision, during which she is subject to an 18-month interim suspension order.

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