Fact Checking and prospective employees


The RTE News website reports  this evening that the Irish Governments Chief Scientific Advisor – Barry McSweeney –  is to take up a new appointment. A controversy arose last week when it became known that his doctorate had been awarded by an "unrecognised US institution".

As part of an ongoing project, I have been researching security policies in a healthcare environment. I came across this sample policy for the recruitment of staff that may have access to electronic patient records in a hospital environment. The first section in sample policy is verification checks.

  • Character references
  • Confirmation of claimed academic and professional qualifications
  • Professional license validation
  • etc, etc.

Why is it that the first item in the check list is often the only one that is followed up ?


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