Man injected babies while posing as doctor

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    Man injected babies while posing as doctor

    By Stephen Moynihan
    May 28, 2004

    A man posed as a doctor and treated 100 patients, including a seven-month-old baby, while working at an Altona medical clinic, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

    Mark Collier, 35, of Melbourne, pretended to be a doctor and was employed at the Civic Parade Medical Centre in Altona, where he worked for four days last September, the court heard.

    Collier, who has not entered a plea, was described as "a depressed and lonely man".

    He was alleged to have given prescriptions to 38 patients and also vaccinated infants while working at the clinic. Collier signed the prescriptions, calling himself Doctor Mark Hatzikostantinous.

    He faces almost 60 charges relating to assault, prescribing medications, theft and burglary.

    Collier, a telemarketer who has no medical qualifications, also masqueraded as a doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, using a stolen staff identification badge. He also pretended to be a doctor at the Royal Children's Hospital.

    The court heard that Collier walked about the hospitals wearing a white doctor's coat with a stethoscope and the stolen ID badges around his neck on more than 10 occasions between October and November last year.

    Collier attempted to obtain official hospital identification and also joined the hospitals' libraries.

    In May 2003, Collier stole medical certificates and pathology slips from St Vincent's Hospital.

    Shortly before the alleged incidents, the court was told Collier approached the owner of the Altona clinic in a city pub and told the man he was a doctor. He was offered work at the surgery.

    While working illegally at the Altona clinic, Collier administered an immunisation injection to a one-year-old. When the child's mother was told that Collier was not a doctor, she was "horrified" and scared for her daughter's wellbeing. In another incident, Collier prescribed the wrong medication for a two-year-old girl with mouth ulcers.

    The day after the appointment, the child's mother took her daughter to hospital, where she was told the medication was wrong.

    The court was told that all the victims were shocked and horrified when told that Collier was not a doctor.

    Collier's defence lawyer, Peter Cash, told the court "you can't shrink from the fact that the results could have been catastrophic". Mr Cash said there was a significant degree of premeditation in his client's actions and that Collier was lonely and depressed and "hasn't got a friend in the world".

    "His main desire was to be important for a week... to have people call him 'doctor'," he said.

    The court heard that Collier had become depressed and disillusioned after the death of his partner last year.

    Magistrate Lisa Hannan described Collier's actions as "a gross breach of the public's trust". "Anyone in the community knows we place our trust in medical practitioners," she said.

    She extended Collier's bail and ordered him to undergo a psychiatric and psychological examination before appearing in court again in July.

    http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...641651459.html

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    hmmmm......i wonder who told the child's mother that he wasn't a doctor....who knew?
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    I think i'm going to vomit.
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    Good grief. One call to the medical board and an ID check would have caught this guy.... every facility here calls the nursing board before hiring a nurse...to verify licensure. Also our ID's are checked and a background check which includes records search for schools attended and prior employment, etc. Obviously somebody didn't check quickly enough on this man's credentials...and they will be liable.

    Every once in awhile a masquerader slips through the cracks, and it is because someone didn't check them out.

    Hopefully he didn't hurt anybody.
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    Quote from mattsmom81
    Good grief. One call to the medical board and an ID check would have caught this guy.... every facility here calls the nursing board before hiring a nurse...to verify licensure. Also our ID's are checked and a background check which includes records search for schools attended and prior employment, etc. Obviously somebody didn't check quickly enough on this man's credentials...and they will be liable.

    Every once in awhile a masquerader slips through the cracks, and it is because someone didn't check them out.

    Hopefully he didn't hurt anybody.
    I completely agree. Some people ask if I am a doctor, even though my ID badge has CNA in large letters. Shows you how naive and stupid people can be.:uhoh21:
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    At least your name badges say CNA. The only name badges at my job that have job titles on them are the MDs, RNs, and LPNs. That's IT.
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    Quote from nursebedlam
    Man injected babies while posing as doctor

    By Stephen Moynihan
    May 28, 2004

    A man posed as a doctor and treated 100 patients, including a seven-month-old baby, while working at an Altona medical clinic, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

    Mark Collier, 35, of Melbourne, pretended to be a doctor and was employed at the Civic Parade Medical Centre in Altona, where he worked for four days last September, the court heard.

    Collier, who has not entered a plea, was described as "a depressed and lonely man".

    He was alleged to have given prescriptions to 38 patients and also vaccinated infants while working at the clinic. Collier signed the prescriptions, calling himself Doctor Mark Hatzikostantinous.

    He faces almost 60 charges relating to assault, prescribing medications, theft and burglary.

    Collier, a telemarketer who has no medical qualifications, also masqueraded as a doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, using a stolen staff identification badge. He also pretended to be a doctor at the Royal Children's Hospital.

    The court heard that Collier walked about the hospitals wearing a white doctor's coat with a stethoscope and the stolen ID badges around his neck on more than 10 occasions between October and November last year.

    Collier attempted to obtain official hospital identification and also joined the hospitals' libraries.

    In May 2003, Collier stole medical certificates and pathology slips from St Vincent's Hospital.

    Shortly before the alleged incidents, the court was told Collier approached the owner of the Altona clinic in a city pub and told the man he was a doctor. He was offered work at the surgery.

    While working illegally at the Altona clinic, Collier administered an immunisation injection to a one-year-old. When the child's mother was told that Collier was not a doctor, she was "horrified" and scared for her daughter's wellbeing. In another incident, Collier prescribed the wrong medication for a two-year-old girl with mouth ulcers.

    The day after the appointment, the child's mother took her daughter to hospital, where she was told the medication was wrong.

    The court was told that all the victims were shocked and horrified when told that Collier was not a doctor.

    Collier's defence lawyer, Peter Cash, told the court "you can't shrink from the fact that the results could have been catastrophic". Mr Cash said there was a significant degree of premeditation in his client's actions and that Collier was lonely and depressed and "hasn't got a friend in the world".

    "His main desire was to be important for a week... to have people call him 'doctor'," he said.

    The court heard that Collier had become depressed and disillusioned after the death of his partner last year.

    Magistrate Lisa Hannan described Collier's actions as "a gross breach of the public's trust". "Anyone in the community knows we place our trust in medical practitioners," she said.

    She extended Collier's bail and ordered him to undergo a psychiatric and psychological examination before appearing in court again in July.

    http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...641651459.html
    Do you have any more good new stories about Australian health professionals to liven up the threads?
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    In my area there was a woman who was a tech on a peds floor for and claimed she had finished nursing school. She practiced as a RN for about a year and then was caught. Very scary as this was an ICU setting with extremely complex patients. :uhoh21:
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    Don't they check licenses? I've never worked anyplace that didn't check. Course if you are using someone elses ID tag in a busy setting, yo might get away with it for a while. Sad to say, but in a large facility it's impossible to know everyone.
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    this is one reason Texas has gone to fingerprinting nurses (Don't know about MDs). Our HR requires picture ID and other info, then verifies licensure before allowing someone to work. What a shame this man thought his emotional need outweighed any risks to innocent children.


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