§ Mr. Breed
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been found guilty of impersonating a specialist in(a) obstetrics and (b) gynaecology in each of the last 10 years. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 24 October 2002]: The crime of pretending to be a registered medical practitioner is a police matter, and I am not aware of statistics for numbers charged or convicted. The Department has issued guidance on the registration and employment of doctors, stating that employers must ensure that any doctor who is offered employment is suitably registered before taking up their duties.