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Phony doctor nabbed for treating Aida cruise ship passengers

800px-Aida-lunaA doctor has been arrested by authorities in Germany following allegations he had been working on cruise ships without the correct medical qualifications. German media sources say the man had been working on Aida Cruises’ voyages for five years before he was arrested at Berlin Airport last week.

German authorities have not so far released details of the 40-year-old male or the ships he had working on during his tenure as ship’s doctor. He had arrived on a flight from Miami in the US state of Florida.

Newspapers in Germany claim the man was a qualified nurse but forged his doctor’s certification. He is also alleged to have faked references purporting to show he was an expert in the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care.  

Aida Cruises had verified the references and other paperwork before the man took up his first posting five years ago. The checks did not turn up any red flags and the so-called doctor was given the green light. 

A source at the public prosecutor’s office in Berlin said the doctor had treated passengers and crew numbering in their hundreds during his half-decade career as a ship’s doctor. Commenting on the exposure of the phony doctor, Aida vice-president Hansjorg Kunze stated the company had been tipped off that all was not as it seemed at the end of last month.

He continued by saying Aida contacted police in Berlin only to be told officers were already investigating allegations the doctor was a fake one. Aida Cruises is based in Rostock Germany, but is owned by US-UK cruise ship conglomerate Carnival Corporation. Aida currently operates a 10-ship fleet.

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