A CORU inquiry has begun into allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct by radiographer Kashimbo Musonda.

The events relate to two-and-a-half weeks in University Hospital Waterford, from 20 February to 17 March 2017.

It is the first public fitness to practise inquiry by CORU, which regulates a range of health and social care professionals.

The five allegations include a failure to display the skills or knowledge to safely practice as a radiographer.

It is also alleged Ms Musonda displayed a lack of competence in radiographic positioning for x-rays and that she exposed a patient’s mother to radiation.

It is also alleged there were cases where she did not ask women of childbearing age if they were pregnant prior to cancer-ray.

Barrister for CORU Eoghan O’Sullivan said there were issues over the level of x-ray radiation exposure Ms Musonda had sought to use in cases and that she also mistook a knee for an elbow.

He said the shortcomings were numerous and varied. The inquiry follows a complaint made by the hospital on 31 March 2017.

The inquiry has been told concerns about Ms Musonda’s professional abilities arose almost immediately.

She had been recruited through the HSE national recruitment service and had been due to work for six months in the post to fill a vacancy.

Ms Musonda is not in attendance or represented at this inquiry.

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Source: RTE