Tuesday 24 October 2017

Patients must have competent doctors

THE case of Dr Asia Ndaga, the Romanian-trained doctor who was unable to detect a pulse or speak English but still got a job in the Irish health service, raises disturbing questions which must be answered. With 9pc of all the doctors now working in our health system having been trained overseas, it is vital that patients have full confidence in their doctors' professional competence and ability to communicate in English.

With the HSE currently hiring 400 doctors from India and Pakistan to fill vacant junior hospital doctor positions, it is vital any loopholes in the recruitment process are filled as soon as possible.

First things first. The problem doesn't appear to lie with the new doctors being recruited from the Indian sub-continent. Their medical and English-language skills are being rigorously tested.

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