The Bon Secours Hospital Tralee has confirmed that a doctor found guilty of professional misconduct and poor performance worked there on individual dates in April and May 2014. The findings against Dr Omar Hassan were made at a fitness to practise inquiry last week after he worked in public hospitals in Portlaoise, Mayo and Galway between 2012 and early 2014. Health Minister Leo Varadkar is currently awaiting a review of the case. The Medical Council hearing was told that Dr Hassan was taken off call in Portlaoise, Mayo and Galway hospitals after his colleagues became seriously concerned about his competence. It heard that at one point he mistook an X-ray of an ankle for that of an elbow. Dr Hassan was employed at the Bon Secours in Tralee as a Surgical Locum Registered Medical Officer and as a Locum Senior House Officer in the Surgical Day Ward and as a General Physician. According to a statement from the hospital no complaints regarding Dr Hassan’s competence and performance relating to his clinical ability were raised. Locums within the hospital are restricted primarily to admitting and discharging patients, and are supervised at all times. The statement says the doctor was supplied by a reputable and established agency and that doctors are checked by the agency for their registration with the Irish Medical Council. The agency is also required to provide two references, which were available for Dr Hassan.