Disgraced medic was employed at four hospitals despite concerns
Published 30/01/2016 | 02:30
A disgraced doctor who mistook an X-ray of an ankle for an elbow managed to work in a fourth hospital, earning lucrative fees through a locum agency, the Irish Independent has learned.
Dr Omar Hassan (30), who was this week found guilty of professional misconduct at the Medical Council, was sent by an agency to provide medical cover in Our Lady's Hospital in Navan in January 2014.
He also worked in hospitals in Portlaoise, Mayo and Galway between 2012 and 2014 despite serious concerns being raised about his abilities in 2012.
Dr Hassan, a native of Sudan, was placed on administrative leave by University Hospital Galway in early 2014. But it took another year before a complaint was made about him to the doctors' regulatory body, the Medical Council.
He continued to find work through a doctors' agency up to 2015 and was offered a full-time post in Navan early that year.
The HSE has been unable to explain why each hospital appeared to rely on his written references from two doctors in Sudan when hiring him rather than contacting his senior colleagues in Ireland.