DUBLIN — Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar has re-registered as a medical practitioner and can work one shift per week to help out through the coronavirus crisis, his workplace mentioned on Sunday.

Varadkar labored as a physician for seven years earlier than leaving the occupation to turn into a politician and was faraway from the medical register in 2013.

He rejoined the medical register in March, and supplied his companies to the nation’s Health Service Executive (HSE) for one session per week in areas which are inside his scope of practice, a spokesman for his workplace mentioned.

“Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way,” the spokesman added.

Last month, well being minister Simon Harris launched a recruitment drive for the nation’s struggling well being service to deal with the coronavirus outbreak with a stark message: “Your country needs you.”

The HSE mentioned it had spoken to 1000’s of healthcare professionals who could also be eligible to return after it obtained greater than 70,000 responses for its “Be on call for Ireland” initiative.

According to a report in the Irish Times, Varadkar helps out with telephone assessments. Anybody who could have been uncovered to the virus is initially assessed over the telephone.

Varadkar comes from a medical household. He is the son of a physician and a nurse and, in accordance to the Irish Times, his accomplice, two sisters and their husbands all work in healthcare. (Reporting by Graham Fahy Editing by David Holmes and Pravin Char)

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