Daily Mail – Almost 50 overseas trained nurses and midwives in the UK who ‘likely’ qualified fraudulently are still being allowed to treat patients while under investigation, MailOnline can reveal.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) today confirmed that 48 Nigerian professionals are suspected of paying someone to a sit computer-based exam that tests medical knowledge and is needed to work in Britian.

The NMC said it was ‘more likely than not’ that those it has identified obtained their result fraudulently.

However, the regulator told MailOnline that they will still be allowed to treat patients while investigations are underway — though not all are necessarily working in healthcare.

Thinktanks today slammed the decision, saying the regulator had a ‘duty to protect patients’ and their decision could see ‘incompetent individuals threaten the health of adults and new-borns’.

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