CV liar Jailed

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 - job hunting, Legal, tutorial


Tonight, the Staffordshire Sentinel reports:

NHS Chief jailed for lying on CV: a man who lied on his CV to get one of the most senior NHS jobs in Stoke-on-Trent was behind bars tonight. Lee Whitehead had been appointed director of planning and modernisation at Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust (PCT) after falsely claiming he had a doctorate and Master’s degree. The 44-year-old was jailed after appearing before North Staffordshire Magistrates today. He pleaded guilty to obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and making a false instrument.

The case of Lee Whitehead is extreme – both in the extent of his lying, as well as the extent of the prosecution. But with regards that later issue, the NHS have such a policy since high profile cases like ex-head of Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals NHS Trust Neil Taylor, and will persue to the extent of the law. As this article from Health Service Journal explains, this is in part thanks to the ethical obligations placed on doctors by the General Medical Council, which have been extended into the rest of the NHS as an issue of trust.

Technically, the newspaper headline is incorrect. You can’t be pursued under UK law for lying on your CV (unless you sign a seperate piece of paper guarteeing its authenticity); but you can be for lying on the Job Application form – which is what Whitehead did.

We will keep on saying it, but NEVER EVER LIE ON YOUR CV!

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