Impostor doctor arrested by border police while trying to flee Romania

Anca Alexe 06/02/2019 | 14:26

The Italian man who posed as a plastic surgeon and operated on patients in several private clinics has been arrested by border police while he was trying to leave Romania on a train to Budapest.

“He did not make any attempt to resist arrest,” said Border Police representatives.

On Tuesday, Libertatea wrote that Matteo Politi came to Romania posing as a VIP surgeon and quickly attracted a long list of patients, but medical staff who worked with him reported that they were shocked to see that he didn’t know some of the basic rules of surgery, such as the way to correctly put on surgical gloves.

The Romanian Public Health Direction (DSP), part of the Health Ministry, granted Politi approval to operate in the country in March 2018, based on a fake diploma from the Pristina medical school. However, the Doctors’ College (CMR), whose approval is also required for a someone to be able to practice medicine, did not do the same, but the private clinics still allowed him to begin working while he claimed he was waiting for the CMR permit.

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