Sacked foreign doctor was not checked out by HSE
Investigation reveals medic had already failed exam in Romania
Published 30/07/2011 | 07:33
SIMPLE background checks were not carried out on an incompetent junior doctor who secured work here in Ireland despite having already failed a competence test abroad.
The junior doctor, who was hired to work in a hospital here, had already failed an exam for a similar job abroad, the Irish Independent has learned.
Dr Asia Ndaga (31), who qualified as a doctor in Romania in 2008, did not get enough points in a multiple-choice entrance exam for acceptance to a training post in one of that country's hospitals.
Despite this, she was able to secure a post as senior house officer at Letterkenny Hospital in Donegal last year. She was dismissed after just six weeks.
A recent fitness-to-practise inquiry revealed how Dr Ndaga could not even take a pulse and had difficulty communicating with patients in English.
The revelations are bound to raise anxiety levels amongst patients as the HSE struggles to fill junior-doctor positions across the country.