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 ?