Junior doctor who couldn’t take pulse struck off medical register

A junior doctor who could not take a patient's pulse, has been struck off the medical register.

31-year-old Asia Ndaga, who was passed as fit to work as a senior house officer in Letterkenny Hospital last year, has been removed from the register by High Court on the orders of the Medical Council.

The Irish Independent reports that a spokeswoman for the council said all other medical regulatory bodies that register doctors will be now be contacted about the order to strike off Ms Ndaga.

An inquiry held during the summer was told the African-born doctor, who was trained in Romania, could not take a pulse and had difficulty communicating with patients in English.

The Medical Council fitness-to-practise panel found her guilty of poor professional performance but the decision to strike her off was only revealed yesterday.

Ms Ndaga, who had a postal address in Coleraine, Co Derry, had failed an exam for a similar job in Romania. However, she was appointed as a senior house officer in Letterkenny on a salary of €39,000 before being dismissed after six weeks.