The life and times of NSW’s infamous fake doctor

6minutes recently reported on a bogus doctor who worked in NSW for more than a decade using a stolen identity.

An independent inquiry's report, released on Wednesday, concluded the fraud could not happen today because of the "much more robust" recruitment process within NSW Health.

Here’s a chronological account of Shyam Acharya’s fraudulent career.

  • Acharya befriends Dr Sarang Chitale when they work together as medical interns at Joshi Hospital in Pune, India, in 1999.
  • Central Coast Area Health Service in November 2002 offers Acharya - posing as Dr