Hos­pi­tal carer used fake name to get job

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

BOSSES at Macclesfield Hos­pi­tal have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a man ad­mit­ted work­ing there un­der a fake name.

Joshua Ola­jide Jide­o­lal­eye, 40, lied about his iden­tity to get a job as an agency worker and worked as a care as­sis­tant at the hos­pi­tal for five weeks be­fore he was dis­cov­ered.

Jide­o­lal­eye, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Crewe Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day, June 5.

An East Cheshire NHS Trust spokesman said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice as soon as it was dis­cov­ered and there is no sug­ges­tion any pa­tients were harmed.

He said: “The trust recog­nises the se­ri­ous­ness of this is­sue and when it was iden­ti­fied, im­me­di­ate ac­tion was taken. The cor­rect poli­cies were fol­lowed and the po­lice were no­ti­fied.

“We can re­as­sure pa­tients that a thor­ough in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way and there is no sug­ges­tion that any pa­tients were harmed.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to use the re­cruit­ment agency in­volved, along with other re­cruit­ment agen­cies, on the ba­sis that this in­di­vid­ual has pleaded guilty to fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion and this should not pre­vent other agency staff from pro­vid­ing im­por­tant ser­vices to our pa­tients.

“The per­son con­cerned was avail­able to East Cheshire NHS Trust for a pe­riod of five weeks as a tem­po­rary worker.”

But Coun Janet Jack­son, who rep­re­sents Macclesfield Cen­tral Ward, said the news will af­fect pa­tients’ trust in staff at the hos­pi­tal and raise con- cerns over the in­creased use of agency work­ers.

She said: “It’s shock­ing and it isn’t ac­cept­able.

“This, in my view, brings into ques­tion the trust that peo­ple have in the health ser­vice and the pro­fes­sion­als that work in the hos­pi­tal.

“I would ques­tion the agency and its sys­tem of check­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“Any role at the hos­pi­tal de­mands a cer­tain in­tegrity and pa­tients have to feel trust in the staff that are look­ing af­ter them.

“I un­der­stand the hos­pi­tal must use agency staff oc­ca­sion­ally but I don’t think they should rely on it as more per­ma­nent staff at the hos­pi­tal.”

Jide­o­lal­eye will be sen­tenced at Ch­ester Crown Court on a date yet to be con­firmed. A po­lice spokesman said: “He was work­ing in a sup­port role as a care as­sis­tant, and swift ac­tion was taken as soon as the mat­ter came to light.”

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