Doctor sacked from LGH for being unable to take pulse struck off medical register

Junior DoctorA doctor who was sacked for being unable to take the pulse of a patient has been struck off the medical register.

Dr Asia Ndaga is originally from Romania but was living in Northern Ireland when she was recruited as a junior doctor at Letterkenny General Hospital in 2010.

Dr Asia Ndaga was sacked within six weeks of starting work at Letterkenny hospital after medics hospital raised serious concerns about her standard of work.

It was discovered during an Irish Medical Council (IMC) Fitness to Practice inquiry 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. She was found guilty by the IMC of poor professional performance in 2011.

But it has since emerged that in 2012 she had applied for registration with the UK's General Medical Council (GMC) which regulates doctors in Northern Ireland. The doctor, who had an address in Co Antrim, did not disclose the previous concerns reported to the IMC in the Republic regarding her clinical competence.

She had not practised since 2010, however she contacted the GMC earlier this year and said she would not attend a scheduled performance assessment during its investigation.

In a letter to the panel she said: "I have not worked since 18 August 2010 till now, I would say that from 18 August 2010 to today my skills have diminished." Then during a Fitness to Practise Panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in July, which she failed to attend, it was determined that "Dr Ndaga's name be erased from the Medical Register".

Her registration was also suspended, meaning she now cannot work in the UK.