Robust checks must be carried out when appointing government staff.
That’s one of the recommendations of a report by the Tynwald public accounts committee on the handling by the Manx authorities of the case of Dr Dirk Hoehmann.
The German doctor lied about his fraud convictions to get a job as a consultant in Noble’s Hospital’s ear, nose and throat department in 2005. He worked at the hospital for five years.
He was struck off the Medical Register in April this year after a Medical Practitioners Tribunal panel found him guilty of misconduct.
In a response to the report by the Department of Home Affairs, it states: ‘It is accepted the Constabulary was largely to blame for not considering disclosure of the European arrest warrant’.
But it says other factors included the lack of an original criminal record check prior to employment.
Other recommendations, to be voted on by Tynwald this month, include that the Department of Home Affairs carries out a review of legislation, regulation and procedures for extradition between the island and the UK to ensure ‘the lessons have been learned from the Hoehmann case’.