A scheming doctor convicted of carrying out the largest one-man fraud of the National Health Service did not fleece Basildon Hospital.

It was thought Dr Dimitri Padelis, 45, targeted the hospital as part of a UK-wide scam in which he swindled health trusts out of nearly £4 million.

However, bosses at Basildon Hospital today (Thursday) confirmed that, although Padelis's agency was used by the hospital, it did not take excessive cash from them.

The disgraced doctor, of South Norwood, south London, now faces being struck off.

A spokesman for Basildon Hospital said: "We have used Mr Padelis's agency services on a couple of occasions back in 1993 but certainly did not pay him twice as was suggested in court."

The jury at Southwark Crown Court convicted him on two counts of fraudulent trading and three of false accounting between 1991 and 1995.

Sentencing was adjourned until May 25.

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