Phony nurse on fraud charge

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A FAKE nurse who al­legedly conned his way into a $ 100,000- a- year job with Queens­land Health is ac­cused of in­ject­ing ba­bies, per­form­ing mi­nor pro­ce­dures and is­su­ing mor­phine.

Ni­cholas Wil­liam Craw­ford, who has no med­i­cal train­ing, se­cured a job as a reg­is­tered nurse at an Au­rukun clinic af­ter al­legedly fak­ing his reg­is­tra­tion us­ing the de­tails of a re­tired nurse.

Po­lice will al­lege dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March, Mr Craw­ford sent a seven- month- old baby home with Nuro­fen af­ter it pre­sented at the clinic with a 40C tem­per­a­ture and a 220bpm heart rate. It will also be al­leged Mr Craw­ford caused a woman ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain while treat­ing a boil and gave pa­tients in­tra­venous mus­cu­lar in­jec­tions.

Yesterday, Mr Craw­ford, who was ear­lier charged with fraud, was granted bail on more than 100 charges of un­law­ful wound­ing, as­sault and sup­ply­ing dan­ger­ous drugs. He will reap­pear on Septem­ber 2.

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