It is one of those stories that makes you shake your head in disbelief; A doctor from Northern Ireland who did not know how to take a pulse has been found guilty of poor professional performance.
Ah, a good old Norn Ireland doctor not fit for purpose, right? Erm – not quite.
Dr Asia Ndaga from Coleraine failed to turn up for an Irish Medical Council Fitness to Practice inquiry yesterday where she faced several allegations concerning her work at Letterkenny General Hospital in Co Donegal between July and August last year. The inquiry upheld all allegations against the doctor, who is originally from Romania, 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.
Hang on. This Romanian who cannot even take a pulse is still able to practice? My goodness, I feel sorry for any patients in Letterkenny who have reason to use her “expertise”! Have we REALLY arrived at the point where we cannot produce our OWN doctors? If so, it is enough to give you palpitations. Don’t worry though, Dr Ndaga will never be able to find them….