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December 21, 2014

Medical Council ends paper certificates

The Medical Council is introducing electronically issued annual retention certificates that will replace the traditional hard-copy certs issued to date, Irish Medical Times has learned.

Medical Council wants to ‘enhance’ complaints system

The Medical Council has stressed that one of its strategic objectives is to “influence enhanced procedures” to progress complaints throughout the health system.  

Medical Council recognises new specialties

The Medical Council has recognised three new specialties, paving the way for enhanced education and training opportunities for doctors in the areas of intensive care medicine, neonatology and pain medicine in Ireland.

Clinical site inspections to commence by year-end

The Medical Council is set to commence conducting inspections of clinical sites used in the training of doctors by the end of the year, Irish Medical Times reports.

Medical Council may move on Act revision

The Medical Council will await the outcome of a priority Supreme Court hearing into an appeal, which could be heard from as early as mid-month, in opposition to a High Court ruling that overturned the Council’s fitness to practise (FTP) finding against consultant paediatric surgeon Prof Martin Corbally

Professional competence fees to be reduced by 10% — ICGP

The Medical Council has accepted the ICGP’s proposal to reduce the professional competence fee from €267 to €240.

MC launches survey of trainee doctors

  The Medical Council has invited all 3,000 trainee doctors in Ireland to participate in the first national review of trainee experiences, which will analyse feedback on the quality of training at all clinical sites throughout the country.

Six-year training limit questioned

The Medical Council has questioned the limit of six years within which general practice training should be completed, and has sought evidence from the ICGP on the value of the fourth year of its training programme.

Council commits to new Charter

The Medical Council has published a new Charter of Expectations document, formalising its commitment to continuously improve service in its core activity of handling registration queries.

Medical Council clear on top-ups

In the wake of the salary top-ups scandal, the Medical Council’s CEO and Executives have reassured the medical community that their salaries are within the stipulated range and that they are not in receipt of extra payments in any shape or form.

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