An Australian woman Gloria A. Christie, 50, also known as Doctor Gloria set up a popular medical clinic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
She is facing hefty fines and a potential jail sentence after being accused of falsely claiming to be a highly qualified medical expert. Her hospital mainly treats tourists. The Health Ministry's deputy director general for health, Chi Mean Hea, said that the officers have inspected her Surya Clinic and found that she held only an expired license issued four years ago in the name of a Cambodian doctor.
The clinic offered wide variety of services such as minor surgery, a pharmacy, an ambulance service and in-patient facilities. It was closed by Cambodian authorities and was ordered not to reopen.
The Surya Clinic advertised widely in tourist-oriented publications as a clinic with international standards and was also used by expatriates and Cambodian nationals. She was taken a fair chance to explain her part before she is convicted.
A journalist tipped the Health Ministry authorities who investigated the clinic. The journalist said that her daughter was grossly misdiagnosed by both Christie and another Australian working at the clinic, Jeff Gaden. The Prime Minister Hun Sen asked the ministry to take strict action against those who came to Cambodia to practice medicine without adequate qualifications.