'Fake' nurse who treated 1,400 patients held

Sep 07, 2011, 18:24 IST | Agencies

A 'fake' nurse in Britain who treated hundreds of patients despite allegedly not holding any medical qualifications has been arrested, a media report said Wednesday.

The 46-year-old worked at GP surgeries for about four years and was responsible for checking women for cervical cancer and administering injections to children, Daily Mail reported.

She managed to pose as a nurse in four surgeries in Chatham and Gillingham, Kent, and one in Essex.

Letters have since gone out to more than 1,400 patients within Kent and Medway Primary Care Trust who are thought to have been seen by the woman, the Mail said. Many women are now being offered repeat tests in case they have not been carried out properly.

The unnamed 'nurse' - who has been described as being of 'heavy' build with mousy brown hair - was arrested in July after she moved to Brecon, Mid Wales.

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