Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has called for stricter supervision of Non Consultant Hospital Doctors following another high profile case which raised questions about the professional conduct of a doctor who worked in three Irish hospitals.
Deputy Kelleher commented, “The revelations in this latest case raise serious questions about the hiring policy within the HSE. This ad-hoc approach cannot be allowed to continue, as it seriously diminishes standards and poses a major threat to patient safety. While I acknowledge that there are staff shortages in certain parts of the country, recruitment standards cannot be allowed slip.
“Junior doctors are an integral part of the hospital system. People’s lives are literally in their hands and it is paramount that their medical skills are of the highest professional standards. Their supervision is equally important and it is essential that there are appropriate processes in place to deal with concerns and complaints.
“The fact that a doctor could be employed at three separate hospitals, despite flags about his professional conduct being raised, is deeply worrying. The processes for monitoring misconduct and allegations of poor performance must to be immediately enhanced. Minister Leo Varadkar must take responsibility for what is happening on his watch and ensure that these standards are beefed up. This is not the first such case and measures must be taken without delay to guarantee patient safety and confidence in our health service”.