After gaining employment at AstraZeneca in Sydney, who focus on areas such as Oncology, Respiratory, Inflammation, Autoimmunity and Cardiovascular and Metabolic diseases, Mr Acharya worked there for 11 months. The Company said the relevant local checks were conducted but his medical qualification was not a core requirement for the role.
It was not until 2015 when Mr Acharya gained employment with Novotech, that the company became suspicious of his credentials and realised that he had misrepresented his identity and qualifications. “Novotech immediately took steps to investigate and contacted the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the NSW Police (amongst others)”.
Authorities are trying to track Mr Acharya down to face charges as Mr Acharya was traveling from India to Australia on a fake passport and recently obtained an Australian Citizenship. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton acknowledges that there has been a big failing of the system.
As a reader of the articles following the investigation of Mr Acharya, it is astounding that he got away with it for so long. But if the correct recruitment processes were implemented as previously stated, does that mean there is a flaw in our Recruitment processes?
Original news source: www.skynews.com.au