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Bogus Doctor: Aussie Teen 'Prescribed Drugs'

02 Feb 2013

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The 17-year-old boy also 'examined' patients


SKY NEWS

An Australian teenager has been arrested after allegedly impersonating doctors for months.

Police believe the 17-year-old boy from Adelaide recently assisted a 12-year-old girl in a city hospital after she fell off her scooter, reports Sky News.

Pretending to be medically qualified to examine the girl, it is claimed the teenager then administered an unauthorised prescription drug.

The arrest comes after concerns were raised about a young "bogus clinician" roaming hospital wards dressed in scrubs, with a stethoscope around his neck.

The young man even stopped to read patients' medical notes between October and December last year.

According to the Adelaide Advertiser police urged hospital staff to inform them should they spot the intruder, nicknamed "Dr Who".

In a staff memo, management said the teen had been spotted wearing a name badge in wards at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on at least three occasions.

It also noted that he had "not to date committed substantive offences but, should he make physical contact with a patient posing as a clinician, this would constitute criminal assault".

The case is reminiscent of the professional conman pilot and doctor Frank Abagnale who inspired the film Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Before the arrest, Australian health minister John Hill said medical

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