London: A nurse from Kerala has been sentenced to 10 months in jail in Britain for misleading an employer about an official investigation pending against him. Shelvy Varkey (43), a native of Thodupuzha who lives at Bristol, was convicted for hiding information on an investigation by the Nurses and Midwifery Council on allegations of dereliction of duty.
Varkey, a leading member of the Bristol Malayali Association, has been living in Bristol with his wife and three children for 10 years. His wife is also a nurse.
Varkey found employment with the National Health Service by covering up the fact that he was already facing a probe for lapses in administering medication to a patient while working at the Sunnymede Nursing Home at Keynsham. Varkey even produced two fake reference letters to get into the job. He was helped by two Malayali friends in getting hold of the reference letters.
Varkey has also been asked to pay a victim surcharge of 100 pounds.
He had been working in the Southmead NHS Hospital for a year when the law caught up with him. He got into the institution through a job fair.