With the increasing number of Coronavirus cases in the world, there is a vital need for more doctors and other medical staff to provide their services while this pandemic.
After analyzing this situation, Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar decides to re-register himself as a medical practitioner. Further, he will work one shift a week to maintain a balance between both medical and politics.
Leo registered in March and decided to offer his services to the country’s Health Service Executive (HSE) within the scope of his practice. Leo will offer his services on phone assistance in his weekly shift.
In March, health minister Simon Harris launched a recruitment drive for the nation’s struggling health service to cope with the Coronavirus outbreak with a strong message:
“Your country needs you”
Today we launch a massive recruitment drive for the Irish health service. Nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants and all healthcare professionals, your country needs you! Go to https://t.co/FcV6QXIHGE & sign up if you think you can help #covid19 #coronavirus Please retweet!
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 17, 2020
According to HSE, This recruitment campaign has a very immediate and brilliant response. Thousands of healthcare professionals responded and offer their services for the “Be on call for Ireland” initiative.
Mr. Varadkar graduated from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Medicine in 2003. Later, he worked as a physician for seven years before joining politics.
In 2013, his name was officially removed from the medical register as he left the medical field to pursue his career in politics, reported Irish Times.
Leo’s spokesperson said
“Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way”
Sources have affirmed that the Irish PM belongs to a medical family. His parents, siblings, and wife works in the medical field.
Similarly, many other countries fast track their medical students to offer their services during this pandemic.
In Europe and Italy, the students who completed their degrees this year or about to complete are allowed to start working as fully-qualified doctors immediately.