Taoiseach rejoins medical register to help coronavirus fight

  • Taoiseach rejoins medical register to help coronavirus fight

Taoiseach rejoins medical register to help coronavirus fight

Varadkar has re-registered as a doctor according to reports from The Irish Times and The Irish Sun, and will work a session a week to offer his assistance in the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Leo Varadkar is a qualified medical doctor but has been working full-time in politics in recent years.

He was removed from the register following his switch to politics, but he rejoined when the Health Service Executive appealed for all non-working health care professionals to register and help fight the pandemic. "He wanted to help out even in a small way", the spokesman added.

The Taoiseach comes from a medical family. According to The Times, the taoiseach is the son of a health care provider and a nurse.

Last month, Health Minister Simon Harris launched a recruitment drive for the HSE as it prepared to tackle the coronavirus outbreak with a stark message: "Your country needs you". His spouse Matthew Barrett is a heart specialist, and Varadkar's sisters and their husbands additionally paintings within the well being sector. Around 50,000 people applied in less than three days.

The Irish Times, which first reported the story, said the taoiseach was understood to be doing phone assessments, in keeping with the protocol to advise people who could be infected over the phone rather than in person.

There are almost 5,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and 158 have died due to the disease. They are encouraged to call, instead of first going to a clinic or hospital, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

Ireland has suggested all citizens to stick at house up to imaginable to curb the unfold of the virus.

As of Sunday afternoon, Ireland had just about 5,000 showed circumstances of coronavirus. Globally, greater than 1.25 million folks had been inflamed by way of the radical virus.