World-renowned heart surgeon at Basildon and Thurrock hospital arrested in £1m NHS fraud probe

A WORLD-renowned perfusionist has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding the NHS of £1million.

John Mulholland, 39, is being investigated over whether or not he claimed wages for carrying out NHS work when he was operating privately through his own company reports the Daily Mirror.

Mulholland, an Edinburgh University graduate, founded his London Perfusion Science company in 2001.

The cardiovascular specialist has won awards for his work and has had research published in medical ­journals. He was suspended while an ­investigation takes place. He was arrested on his way to work at Basildon Hospital in Essex where he leads a 10-strong team.

His home in Poplar, East London, has been searched by officers who ­questioned him before releasing him on police bail.

A spokeswoman for Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We initiated the investigation that led to last week’s arrest but cannot make any further comment.

“We actively encourage staff to report any concerns they may have and do not hesitate to take ­appropriate action wherever fraud is suspected.”

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