Tuesday 20 March 2018

Sacked foreign doctor was not checked out by HSE

Investigation reveals medic had already failed exam in Romania

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

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.

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