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Zholia Alemi NHS Fake Psychiatrist

Thompsons Solicitors Scotland
Thompsons Solicitors Scotland

Zholia Alemi dropped out of medical school in her first year of study in New Zealand despite having no qualifications she registered as a Psychiatrist in the UK, falsely claiming to have a medical degree and worked in various parts of the UK for 22 years.

Alemi claiming to be a qualified Psychiatrist is thought to have treated many hundreds of patients in Scotland, Health boards in Scotland are currently writing to patients who were treated by the bogus psychiatrist and convicted criminal Zholia Alemi.

Zholia’s background came to light when she was jailed for five years recently for fraud and theft when she tried to fake a patient’s Will to steal 1.3 million pounds. Zholia Alemi is currently facing new criminal charges in England. 

When Alemi's actions were uncovered, one health board - NHS Ayrshire and Arran - confirmed that she treated 395 adults while working as a locum for 18 months from 2007.

Alemi also worked for other Scottish health boards. These include: 

  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde where she worked between 2005 and 2006.
  • NHS Tayside where Alemi was employed as a locum psychiatrist in 2009. 
  • Alemi also worked for NHS Borders, NHS Highland and NHS Grampian.

If you or a loved one has been treated by the bogus NHS Scotland psychiatrist Zholia Alemi or received a letter from your Health Board, it’s important you seek legal advice as you may have a claim for compensation.

Thompsons are Scotland’s leading mass litigation lawyers and our specialist team are preparing legal action on behalf of those treated by Zholia Alemi. 

Mass litigation lawyer and partner with Patrick McGuire has years of experience dealing with cases of this type.  Says “The actions of Zholia Alemi are truly shocking. This fraudster and convicted criminal was allowed to practice as a NHS Psychiatrist for many years across Scotland while holding no qualifications.”

“During that time this fake doctor used her authority to change the treatment of extremely vulnerable patients. She used her position to commit patients to secure mental health units denying people their very liberty.”

“She used her position to dupe and endanger the lives of hundreds of vulnerable trusting Scots.” This disgraceful state of affairs will not go unanswered by the families affected. My team are at the early stages of preparing civil legal action on behalf of the patients Alemi conned and endangered. If you or a member of your family have been sent a letter by the health authorities concerning treatment by Zholia Alemi you can contact Thompsons Solicitors now on our dedicated confidential helpline 0800 0891 331.” 

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