A gay doctor who falsified documents to conceal his HIV+ status from NHS employers has been handed a two year suspended sentence.
Tamas Nyary concealed his infection because he felt he could not reveal his sexuality due to conservative views in his native Hungary.
Nyary worked for 24 different hospitals in the UK, performing operations on hundreds of patients. When details of his HIV+ status emerged, nearly 400 of his previous patients had to be tested, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
Judge: Embarrassment and shame led to doctor’s lies
Lab scientists became suspiscious after Nyary submitted his own blood under the name of a patient, as part of a job application.
Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said: ‘…because of your embarrassment and because of the much more draconian society from which you came, revealing your homosexuality and revealing even the risk that you might be HIV positive was a step that you simply could not contemplate taking.
‘What has to be said on the other side, however, is that this was a course of dishonesty that went on for some years, beginning by you before you were certain you were HIV positive and continued afterwards.’
Prosecuting lawyer, Rebecca Herbert, said Nyary intentionally hid his HIV status in order to get work, which he needn’t have done.
‘It is not necessarily so that someone who is HIV positive can’t have clearance,’ Nottinghamshirelive reported Herbert as saying.
After he was prosecuted, married Nyary admitted a number of other offences including forgery, fraud and using a false instrument.