The statement from Cumbria Partnership is as follows:
The safety of our patients is our utmost priority and we are shocked and disappointed to find that Zholia Alemi entered the General Medical Council register using a fraudulent qualification 23 years ago. The GMC are now investigating how this could have happened and have since put in place more rigorous processes to ensures doctors are fit to work in the UK.
Zholia Alemi was employed as an agency locum old age psychiatrist at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust between 19th October 2015 and 6th June 2016 and comprehensive background checks were undertaken prior to employment.
When we became aware of the police investigation on 6th June 2016 she was suspended from her duties, her locum contract with the Trust was terminated.
In the light of the information we received from the GMC on 15 November, we are now conducting an urgent review into this matter. The Trust is working with local partners to ensure that we continue to provide full support to any affected patients.
Patients can also contact the GMC via their helpline on 0161 923 6602. The GMC have also provided support and advice for patients on their website: