Ipswich: Doctor convicted of fraud after lying to Ipswich Hospital about qualification

A DOCTOR who worked at Ipswich Hospital for 10 months has been found guilty of fraud after lying about his qualifications to get a better job.

Adil Razoq was convicted of seven counts of fraud after an Ipswich Crown Court jury brought in unanimous verdicts yesterday.

The 38-year-old’s sentence has been deferred until week commencing June 27.

Judge John Holt released Razoq on bail until his sentencing.

The Syrian-born doctor had denied the charges against him however, when giving evidence he admitted putting down on his CV that he had passed a Royal College of Surgeons’ exam when he had failed it four times.

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Razoq denied doing it to improve his chances of getting work. He claimed he had put it down on his CV for his “own satisfaction” as he had only failed by two marks and felt he should have passed.

The prosecution’s case was that Razoq, of Hessell Road, London, had knowingly lied about his qualifications.

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“We say he deliberately and dishonestly beefed up his qualifications and experience to make himself more employable,” alleged prosecutor Andrew Shaw.

The court heard that Razoq had taken up a training post at Ipswich Hospital in December 2007, but was suspended on full pay in October 2008 pending an internal disciplinary hearing in relation to allegations regarding his work.

Having been suspended Razoq undertook locum work at other hospitals despite being banned from doing so while he was excluded from Ipswich Hospital.

Razoq claimed he had worked as a doctor in Syria from 2002-2003 and also at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as a clinical fellow in plastic surgery.

However, the court heard that although Razoq had worked at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital he hadn’t been a clinical fellow in plastic surgery.

The jury was also told that when Razoq claimed he was working at a hospital in Syria he had been in the UK applying for asylum.

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