Wednesday 20 September 2017

Palestinian doctor lied on CV to land job in hospital

Shane Hickey

A PALESTINIAN doctor has admitted he falsified his CV when applying for a job in a hospital.

Dr Ahmed Alastal (38) yesterday told an Irish Medical Council hearing that he had fabricated some parts of his employment experience when applying for a position in a psychiatric hospital in the Midlands.

The father of two, who lives in Portlaoise, worked as a junior doctor at St Fintan's in Portlaoise between July 2009 and October 2009.

He resigned from the job when concerns were raised about his past work experience. Dr Alastal was granted political asylum here in 2003 and was made an Irish citizen in 2008.

He admitted four of six allegations at the fitness-to-practise hearing in Dublin yesterday.

When he applied for the position in Portlaoise, Dr Alastal claimed he had worked in a hospital in Gaza between November 2004 and September 2006. In fact, he had been studying in a centre for the integration of migrants in Dublin at that time.

Dr Alastal also said he had worked as a junior doctor -- or senior house officer -- at a GP surgery in Castleknock, Co Dublin. However, he was only an observer there -- a non-paying pre-training position.

He also said he had contributed, through his research, to a paper about urology but has admitted he did not write it.

Legal counsel for Dr Alastal, Michael Purtill, said his client apologised and was "ashamed".

Mr Purtill said his client had been very substantially punished as a result of the incident, which damaged his reputation, and he had lost out on the opportunity of building a good career.

Misconduct

The fitness-to-practise committee, chaired by John Monaghan, decided that four of the allegations -- which Dr Alastal admitted to -- had been proven and amounted to professional misconduct.

The allegation that he falsely authored or contributed to the report was found to have not been proven beyond all doubt. The final allegation had been withdrawn.

The committee recommended that the Irish Medical Council admonish him for his behaviour, a punishment which will feature on his record. The matter will now be referred to the full Medical Council.

Irish Independent

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