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BOGUS DOCTOR IN DEATH HOAX.

Byline: HELEN CLARKE

A HOAX caller has been phoning people on Merseyside and telling them their relatives have died.

The man says he works in the A&E department at the Royal Liverpool hospital.

He gives the names Dr Steven Jones or Dr Andy Jones and tells people a relative has died and they must come and identify the body.

No such doctor works in the A&E department.

The police have been informed and the hunt is now on to catch thehoaxer.

In the meantime,casualty doctors are urging people to be on their guard.

So far two people have been called but it is suspected more have been targeted.

In one instance a woman was told her husband was dead and she should come and identify him.

She did not have a husband but thought it could be another loved one and telephoned the hospital straight away.

In another,on Wednesday, somebody was told their son had died in a crash.

Ivan McGlen, assistant practice development nurse at the Royal, said: ``We wouldn't do something like that. We certainly wouldn't ask to people come down and identify people. The last thing we want is two casualties.

``Anybody receiving a call of this nature would be justifiably upset. It's absolutely appalling.''

A similar hoax,by a caller also pretending to be from the Royal, was carried out in November last year. People were so upset by what the caller had said that they travelled to the hospital to find out what had happened.

Anyone with information about the hoaxer should contact the police on 0151-709 6010.

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APPALLED: The Royal's IvanMcGlen said the hospital would not make such calls
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