Irish PM Leo Varadkar re-registers as doctor to fight coronavirus


Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will go back to work as a doctor to help out during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Taoiseach will join the Irish health service once a week while continuing to lead the government.

Varadkar is a trained doctor and worked as a general practitioner before being elected to a seat in the Irish assembly.

"Many of [Varadkar's] family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way," a government spokesperson said.

Many members of the Irish prime minister's family work in medicine including his partner Matthew Barrett who is a surgeon at a hospital in Dublin.



Good on him for wanting to step up and make a difference beyond posturing. I realize that, of course, he won't be overly active in the actual work of doctoring, but to see him want to make an effort is refreshing.