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Sacked foreign doctor was not checked out by HSE

Investigation reveals medic had already failed exam in Romania

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

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.

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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.

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