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Nurse lied about being a top surgeon cum duped his wives on DWN SPOTLIGHT
Date Posted: 30/Jun/2017   Deadline: 30/Jun/2017


A nurse who lied about being a top surgeon for eight years kept a human hip joint as a coffee table ornament, a tribunal heard.




 




Kevin O'Flanagan allegedly said the joint belonged to a 90-year-old man and he wanted to turn it into a 'door knocker'.




 




O'Flanagan, who also goes by the first name of Caven, has been accused of duping his wife and friends into thinking he was a leading surgeon.




 




He claimed he was an 'orthopaedic practitioner' when he was really a scrub nurse at the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.




 




O'Flanagan allegedly even wrote a bogus letter to himself and invented complex job titles for his work colleagues.




 




He is accused of keeping up the lie from 2006 until March 2014.




 




O'Flanagan allegedly also told his wife he could refer her to his aptly-named consultant friend to correct her botched bunion operation




 




He also reportedly blew money in restaurants and on shopping trips while pretending to be performing operations at the hospital.




 




He was allegedly an avid viewer of the American medical drama TV series Grey's Anatomy fan and kept a stethoscope in his wardrobe, wore surgical scrubs around the house, out camping and even in bed as pyjamas.




 




He also had caps with skull and crossbones on them which he said he wore in theatre while operating, a woman, known as Mrs A, said.




 




O'Flanagan allegedly pressured her into selling her home and transferred money out of her account to pay off his own debts, leaving her financially ruined.




O'Flanagan claimed he was an 'orthopaedic practitioner' at the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford (Photo: xxxxxxxxxxx)




 




I had been lied to and deceived by a man who worked for the nursing profession, it turned out, she told the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).




 




In seven years, he never told me or my family and friends that he was a nurse.




 




The woman said the 'extent and duration' of the lying was 'deeply disturbing' and contrary to the 'honesty' and compassion' you would expect from a nurse.




 




The pair, who met on a match-making website exchanged messages online before striking up a relationship.




 




She said he signed off their conversations with 'your mad medic' and told her he was an orthopaedic surgeon on their first dinner date.




 




By the end of the evening I totally trusted him and our relationship developed rapidly, she told the NMC.




 




She said he composed elaborate stories about his colleagues, saying his friend Jason didn't make it as a consultant and was going to be a GP instead, while O'Flanagan was doing the 'bread and butter' of orthopaedic operations.




 




O'Flanagan told her that being a consultant was an 'old boys club' and depended on who your father was.




 




He showed her a letter in 2013 claiming to be from the chief executive of the hospital, asking him to take on additional responsibilities, the NMC heard.




 




The woman said O'Flanagan started talking about moving house in 2010, pointing out 'doctors' properties' which were more 'in keeping with his financial situation.'




O'Flanagan is said to have worn surgical scrubs around the house, his ex-wife claims (Photo: Getty Images/Glowimages)




 




She said he exploited her financially and emotionally, transferring all her assets into his name after convincing her to sell her house.




 




He transferred money out of her account without her knowledge in 2013, using her money to pay off his own bank loan and reducing her equity, the hearing was told.




 




But she kicked him out when he refused to answer her questions about her bank statements.




 




She said if she had known the truth about his profession she would have never sold her house and agreed to buy a new one, or allowed his name to be put on her assets.




 




O'Flanagan started spending more time away from home, causing her 'significant distress', she said.




 




He told her he was sleeping in the hospital staff room on chairs pushed together and there were 'bodies everywhere' in there, the NMC heard.




 




Anna Ling, for the NMC, told the hearing O'Flanagan's lies began to unravel when she stumbled across a bogus job offer letter written by the nurse himself: 'She discovered it on his laptop computer.




 




The letter was addressed to him and the contents purport to offer him the position of 'Fellowship in Cranio-Facial Maxillary Reconstruction Surgery with a Special Interest in General Orthopaedic Trauma'.




 




It referred to other members of staff by name and purports Colleague D is a Clinical Director of Surgery.




 




The colleague was actually a nurse and once acted as O'Flanagan's line manager.




 




She asked Colleague D if he had written this letter and he said he didn't write it, said Ms Ling.




 




His immediate concern was the representations of him and colleagues in the letter.




 




Colleague D reported it to his line manager who took it to the head of nursing.




O'Flanagan allegedly even wrote a bogus letter to himself and invented complex job titles (Photo: Getty Images)




 




O'Flanagan wrote the letters 'MBBS FRCS(Lon)' after his name in the letter, denoting he is a royal fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.




 




She described him as an impulsive character and 'prolific spender' who didn't have any of his own friends, mainly socialising with people they both knew.




 




Back in 2008 she said he told her they should give up their jobs and go on an extended holiday.




 




O'Flanagan was using the title 'Mr' for official purposes and 'Dr' when purchasing items online while meticulously keeping his work and home life separate, she said.




 




She said he bought concert and parking tickets from Ticketmaster, cycling gear from Wiggle and photographic equipment from Jessops using the 'Dr' title between June 2011 and June 2014.




 




Referring to O'Flanagan's LinkedIn profile, Ms Ling said the job title 'Clinical Lead - Head & Neck / Oral & Fascio Maxillary Surgery' doesn't even exist.




 




O'Flanagan, who is not attending the hearing, is also accused of claiming payment for nearly 40 shifts he didn't work at the hospital.




 




He initially denied but later admitted writing the bogus job offer letter, as well as using the title 'Dr' when buying various items online, the NMC heard.




 




He also admitted duping people into believing he was a doctor, including three of his five wives, and that he had 'embellished' his position to make Ms A think he was 'better than he was'.




 




The hearing continues.




 




Source: MirrorUk, DWN Africa.



 

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