In response to recent media activity in relation to a fraudulent application received by Jigsaw Medical, we feel it prudent to correct a number of factual inaccuracies contained within the articles concerned.
On 4th November 2017, Mr Walters applied for a role with Jigsaw as an Emergency Care Assistant and his qualifications for this role were in order and verified at the time. On 13th February 2018 Mr Walters attempted to apply once again to the organisation, this time for the role of a Technician (a much higher clinical grade).
During the second recruitment and compliance process (which we routinely undertake in line with the compliance criteria for the role applied for), it was immediately identified by the Jigsaw compliance department, that some of the certificates did not appear valid, which was confirmed upon verification with the alleged providers of the qualification in question. This was escalated for review at an executive level, and it was determined – despite this individual gaining employment previously with another provider at this clinical grade and various representations made by the applicant – the certification was indeed false.
We recognise, as a provider of healthcare services, that we have a duty of care to the public in general and so any such attempt to misrepresent qualifications is an act we take very seriously indeed. Whilst this presented no clinical risk directly to Jigsaw or its patients, such an attempt by any person to provide fraudulent certification is, at the very least, an act which is contrary to Jigsaw core values and those values expected of any healthcare worker.
To this extent, as per Jigsaw protocol, the individual was dismissed from his valid, low-acuity role for Gross Misconduct and Cheshire Police were informed with a view to mitigating any risk to the public from this individual attempting to apply elsewhere, where perhaps the vetting process may not have identified this elaborate attempt to misrepresent crucial qualifications.
The Company welcome the prosecution and will continue to report such matters to the Police with a view to up-keeping it’s own core values and ensuring the industry and public is safe from this individuals.