Have we ever had a complaint about Zholia Alemi before?

Have we ever had a complaint about Zholia Alemi before?

Since we confirmed Zholia Alemi gained registration fraudulently in 1995, we've been reviewing all fitness to practise complaints that were raised with us.

In all, we investigated nine complaints during the 23 years that she was on the medical register. And in the majority of these referrals we took action to address the issues raised.

  • From our review it is clear that a concern about Zholia Alemi was raised with us in 1998 when there was a complaint about inappropriate personal comments she made to a patient. We closed this complaint but the matter was handled locally – restrictions and supervision were put in place to address the issue.
  • In 2004 we received a complaint that culminated in Zholia Alemi being given formal advice about the need to demonstrate sensitive communication with families.
  • The next time concerns were raised about Zholia Alemi was in December 2010. This led to her receiving a warning in 2012. From December 2010 until the warning was given in July 2012, we investigated the concerns that had been raised, as well as some new concerns that came to light during the course of that investigation. Matters arising from the warning were later referred to a hearing, which took place in 2017 and at which she was found not impaired by a medical practitioners tribunal.The reason for the length of time between the warning being reopened and the 2017 tribunal was due to the matters under investigation being complex and complicated further by health issues raised by Zholia Alemi.
  • In 2018 she was given a 12-month suspension following a further medical practitioners tribunal.