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December 2, 2015

Doctors ‘have responsibility to advocate’ — IHCA

The IHCA has expressed concern that a number of important sections concerning resources and advocacy in the Medical Council’s latest draft Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics have been modified.

In search of some ethical guidance

The profession is looking to the Medical Council for guidance on how to navigate through budget cuts and challenges to its role as patient advocate, writes Dara Gantly.

Bill is due by year-end – Minister tells Indian Ambassador

The requirement to have the equivalence of the Certificate of Experience for entry to the Trainee Specialist Division (TSD) will be removed as a requirement for non-EU doctors, the Minister for Health has again pledged.

Majority unaware FTP hearings are held in public

The vast majority of the public are not aware that the Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise (FTP) inquiries are held in public.

Doctors remain most trusted profession

Someone might have to come up the saying, “as trustworthy as a doctor”, or at least, “as trustworthy as an Irish doctor”, if the results of a survey by the Irish Medical Council (IMC) of the public’s view of the profession here is anything to go by.

Majority unaware FTP hearings held in public

The vast majority of the public are not aware that the Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise (FTP) inquiries are held in public.

Former Financial Ombudsman is named as new IMC CEO

The Medical Council’s new CEO Bill Prasifka previously played a role in the easing of restrictions on advertising by doctors, and also finally settled a dispute with the IMO over allegations of price fixing, reports Dara Gantly.

Patient confidentiality in social media highlighted

A Medical Council survey, conducted to inform the development of the recently published regulatory body’s new draft guidance on professional conduct and ethics, highlights the importance of medical practitioners observing patient confidentiality when using social media, with the failure to do so found to influence most patients’ view of their professionalism.

Council publishes draft Ethical Guide

The Medical Council has published a draft 8th Edition of its Ethical Guide, which has been reformulated and specifically informed by issues highlighted in a new five-year review of complaints also published last week.

Male doctors most likely to be subject of complaints

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