He masquerades as a medical student and prescribes medication for patients

The essentials A stretcher pretended to be a medical student at the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP). According to our colleagues at franceinfo, he prescribed medication, was on call and even entered the operating room during the operation. The Hauts-de-Seine public prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation.

A 20-year-old young man, a former stretcher for the Paris hospitals, was exposed in February by the services of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and the administration of the University of Paris after having prescribed medication to patients and entered the operating room during surgical procedures. The case uncovered by franceinfo this Friday mobilized the Hauts-de-Seine public prosecutor’s office, which opened a preliminary investigation and seized the Paris Brigade for the suppression of crime against the person (BRDP).

The fake medical student, originally from Rouen, was exposed by doctors while doing an internship at the Saint Anne Hospital in Paris. According to franceinfo, the young man had made direct contact with patients and their families during this hospital visit by pretending to be a doctor and providing them with false information.

He prescribed narcoleptics

After codes and identifiers were stolen from the practitioners, the stretcher repeatedly prescribed narcoleptics to the patients, which was confirmed by a warning from the AP-HP to its executives, which Franceinfo was able to consult. He even managed to enter the operating room of the Cochin Hospital and participated in operations by presenting on an outpatient basis.

At the beginning of the 2020 academic year, the young man began to pretend to be a student at the Medical Faculty of Paris Descartes (Paris-V). At the same time he was employed by AP-HP as a patient carrier. The Paris hospitals recently alerted all hospital executives by sending an internal message containing the key facts, the photo, the identity of the patient and instructions to deny him any access to their services.