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Varadkar to work as a doctor again

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, along with Irish defense minister Paul Kehoe, visited the Defence Forces Joint Task Force in McKee Barracks, Dublin where they received a briefing, at the required social distance, on the role of the Defence Forces in supporting the national response to Covid-19. Photo by Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

By Irish Echo Staff

While his British counterpart Boris Johnson is in hospital as a Covid-19 patient, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is readying to battle the pandemic as a doctor.

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Varadkar has signed back on to Ireland's medical register seven years after he took leave of medicine to enter political life. Prior to that he had practiced as a doctor for seven years.

The taoiseach's move has prompted headlines around the world.

He will work a single shift a week that will involve phone assessments, this to free up other medical personnel for frontline work.

In the meantime, Varadkar will continue working as acting taoiseach while leading his party, Fine Gael, in negotiations to form a new multi-party administration following February's inconclusive general election.