Fifty-five employees of Naples’ Loreto Mare public hospital have been placed under house arrest for allegedly disappearing from their posts for non-work-related activities.
One doctor was spotted hailing a taxi to go to play tennis, while another employee reportedly held down a job as a chef at the same time they were supposed to be on duty.
In total, 94 of the 800-strong personnel are under investigation as part of a two-year inquiry into fraud and the false certification of attendance.
One person is suspected of swiping the electronic badges of as many as 20 absent colleagues to create the illusion they were in the building and working.
Fifty of those detained have been allowed to return to work to prevent the complete shutdown of the 193-bed hospital.