Bogus SFGH doctor gets 8 months' jail

A 34-year-old San Fernando man was sentenced to eight months' hard labour when he appeared before a magistrate in a virtual hearing for impersonating a doctor on at least two occasions.

Police said Satyam Harrilal was first seen by a security guard at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) last Thursday, but went into an elevator before the guard could question him properly.

He was seen again on Monday wearing green hospital scrubs and told security guards he did not have his identification on him as it was in his car, which he had loaned to his girlfriend at the time.

On further questioning Harrilal told the guard he was a doctor from Port of Spain doing consultancy work at the SFGH.

Checks with staff at the hospital showed Harrilal was not authorised or qualified to practise medicine and was not the holder of a temporary licence or a member of the Medical Board.

Security guards called the police, who arrested Harrilal. He was charged with impersonating a doctor and was later sentenced by magistrate Anslem Leander.

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