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Doctor who worked as locum in several Irish hospitals has died of Covid-19 after three month ICU battle

He is the eighth health worker in Ireland to die from Covid 19

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Undated handout photo of Dr Waqar Ali Shah, a doctor at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, who died after contracting Covid-19 and spending three months in ICU. PA Photo

Undated handout photo of Dr Waqar Ali Shah, a doctor at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, who died after contracting Covid-19 and spending three months in ICU. PA Photo

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Undated handout photo of Dr Waqar Ali Shah, a doctor at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, who died after contracting Covid-19 and spending three months in ICU. PA Photo

A doctor who worked as a locum in hospital emergency departments, including the Mater Hospital in Dublin, has died of Covid-19.

Dr Syed Waqqar Ali had been in intensive care for three months.

The Mater Hospital confirmed his sad death today.

He worked as a locum doctor in different hospitals including Tallaght Hospital and Mullingar Hospital.

It is understood he felt unwell when he arrived for a shift in April and was diagnosed with Covid-19, leaving him fighting for his life.

His colleagues in the Mater Hospital marked his passing today with a minute's silence and the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine will hold a minute's silence in his honour tomorrow.

He is the eighth health worker in Ireland to die from Covid 19.

A spokeswoman for the Mater hospital said today: "It is with profound sadness that the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital confirms that a doctor who worked in our hospital has passed away following a battle with Covid-19.

“Dr Ali passed away after spending three months in ICU being cared for diligently and attentively by his colleagues at the hospital.

“Dr Ali was a frontline healthcare worker who provided selfless emergency care to Covid 19 patients at a number of hospitals as a locum during this emergency pandemic.

“He had been due to begin a shift at the Mater Hospital in April when he felt unwell. He asked to be seen as a patient and was admitted immediately with Covid 19 illness.”

His colleagues remember him as a hardworking and diligent doctor with a humble and down to earth personality.

The Mater Hospital extends its deepest sympathies to Dr Ali's wife, family and loved ones at this very sad time.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD said: “I am deeply saddened to hear today of the death of Dr Syed Waqqar Ali. I want to express my sincere condolences to Dr Ali’s family, his friends and his colleagues.

“Dr Ali contracted COVID-19 and has been cared for diligently by his colleagues in the ICU of the Mater Hospital for some time.

“It’s clear from Dr Ali’s colleagues that he was a kind, compassionate, hardworking and highly professional man, working on the front line of COVID-19 to keep us all safe.

“We remember that behind every reported COVID-19 number is a person who loves and is loved, who leaves behind a family and a community who will miss them sorely.

“Today we remember Dr Ali and the seven other healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19.”

HSE CEO Paul Reid also paid tribute to Dr Shah's family and said that he worked "diligently and selflessly".

“In common with his colleagues, I know he worked diligently and selflessly to care for patients at all times, and particularly during the pandemic.

"I wish to extend the sympathy of all in the HSE, and all healthcare staff, to Dr Ali’s wife, family and loved ones at this very sad time.

"My thoughts are also with all of his colleagues in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital,” he said in a statement.

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association said that the hospital community is "in mourning today".

"Dr Ali’s tragic death at a young age reminds us once more of the sacrifices made by frontline healthcare professionals, particularly at this time."

Dr Ali was remembered as an "exemplary medical professional with an immense dedication to public service".

"His expertise, care and warmth made an impression with patients and colleagues alike. This was evident every day among those who worked with Dr Shah and witnessed at first hand his deep commitment to healthcare," the association said in a statement.

It added that the doctor had put himself at the frontline against this "awful pandemic" and paid the ultimate price.

"At the onset of the Covid-19, Dr Ali put himself selflessly at the frontline in the fight against this awful pandemic, paying the ultimate price. Our thoughts and condolences are with Dr Ali’s wife Rubab, his children and mother at this sad time."

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE said today: “It is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Dr Waqqar Ali in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, following a long illness from Covid-19.

“In common with his colleagues, I know he worked diligently and selflessly to care for patients at all times, and particularly during the pandemic.

“I wish to extend the sympathy of all in the HSE, and all healthcare staff, to Dr Ali’s wife, family and loved ones at this very sad time.

“My thoughts are also with all of his colleagues in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.”

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association said that the hospital community is in mourning today at the untimely passing of their colleague and friend.

"Dr Ali’s tragic death at a young age reminds us once more of the sacrifices made by frontline healthcare professionals, particularly at this time.

“Dr Ali was an exemplary medical professional with an immense dedication to public service. His expertise, care and warmth made an impression with patients and colleagues alike. This was evident every day among those who worked with Dr Ali and witnessed at first hand his deep commitment to healthcare.“

A spokesman said, "At the onset of the Covid-19, Dr Ali put himself selflessly at the frontline in the fight against this awful pandemic, paying the ultimate price. Our thoughts and condolences are with Dr Ali’s wife Rubab, his children and mother at this sad time. “

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