Letterkenny General Doctor who couldnt read a pulse found guilty by IMC

A Doctor who worked at Letterkenny General Hospital and who did not know how to take a pulse has been found guilty of poor professional performance by the Medical Council.

31 year-old  Dr Asia Ndaga  failed to turn up for a fitness to practise inquiry yesterday where she faced several allegations concerning her work at Letterkenny General last year.

She was placed there by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland but was fired after concerns about her ability to practise safely were raised by another doctor at the hospital.

The inquiry upheld all allegations against the Romanian doctor, including that she was unable to take a pulse, failed to take a patient's history and could not gauge how much oxygen the patient was on.

However, the committee did not find Dr Ndaga guilty of the more serious charge of professional misconduct.
Dr Ndaga, with an address at Adelaide Avenue in Coleraine, Co Derry, began working as a senior house officer -- a junior doctor -- at Letterkenny General Hospital in July 2010.

Concerns were raised by nursing and clinical staff about her poor performance, and it was deemed necessary to formally assess her competence.

Consultant Ken Mulpeter asked Dr Ndaga to assess a patient with lung disease who was wearing an oxygen mask.

During the assessment he asked Dr Ndaga to take the patient's pulse. However, he noted Dr Ndaga incorrectly placed her fingers on the top of the patient's wrist instead of on the underside.

She told the consultant the patient had a normal pulse rhythm when in fact the patient had an irregular pulse.

The inquiry heard Dr Ndaga was also unable to gauge how much oxygen the patient was on, despite the fact this would have been written on the oxygen mask.