LEO VARADKAR has reportedly rejoined the medical register in a bid to provide much-needed support to Ireland’s healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to an exclusive report from The Irish Times, the Taoiseach rejoined the medical register back in March, just as coronavirus arrived in Ireland.
The report says Mr. Varadkar will work within the Health Service Executive (HSE), providing essential over-the-phone assessments to anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The Taoiseach will lend his services for one shift per week alongside his role as Ireland’s current leader during the crisis.
Under current HSE rules, anyone who suspects they have been exposed must first undergo a phone assessment to help curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Mr Varadkar is one of5 0,000 people who answered an appeal from HSE urging any and all healthcare professionals not currently working in the sector to register and provide vital support during the crisis.
The son of a doctor and nurse, he previously studied medicine and worked as a doctor for seven years before embarking on a career in politics.
He was last registered in 2013.
Mr Varadkar’s involvement is also a personal one – his partner Matthew Barrett as well as his two sisters and their husbands all work within Ireland’s health service.