Letterkenny General Junior Doctor failed competence test abroad

It is reported today that simple background checks were not carried out on an incompetent junior doctor who secured work here in Donegal despite having already failed a competence test abroad.

The junior doctor, who was hired to work at Letterkenny General hospital,  had already failed an exam for a similar job abroad.

According to the Irish Independent 31 year-old Dr Asia Ndaga, 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 General Hospital  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 reading and had difficulty communicating with patients in English.

The revelations are to have raised anxiety levels amongst patients as the HSE struggles to fill junior-doctor positions across the country.