Anonymous support services are essential for all doctors, from postgraduate trainees to consultant level, to provide guidance on issues ranging from careers advice, to social and financial problems, according to the President of the Medical Council.
The IMO has described the Medical Council’s report on the career intentions of trainee doctors, which found almost half of trainees were not committed to practising in Ireland, as a “wake-up call for the health services”.
The Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar today launched the Medical Council’s ‘Your Training Counts’ 2014 Report on the career intentions of Irish trainee doctors, which shows that 21 per cent of them do not intend to practise medicine in Ireland for the foreseeable future with older/senior trainees more likely to emigrate.
Trainee doctors susceptible to illness or bullying were up to twice as likely to emigrate, according to the Medical Council.
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The Medical Council has published an education and training roadmap, titled ‘Doctors’ Education, Training and Lifelong Learning in 21st Century Ireland’, to guide both its own role in overseeing doctors’ education and training across the continuum from undergraduate to retirement and support good professional practice in the interest of patient safety.
Following recent scandals, it is understandable that a section in the Medical Council Draft Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners relating to intimate examinations explicitly states that the doctor must ask patients if they would like a chaperone present, the ICGP has said.
The Medical Council and the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) have announced the inaugural winners of annual grants aimed at building medical educational research capacity in Ireland.
The ICGP has welcomed the publication of the Medical Council Draft 8th Edition Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners, but has reminded the regulatory body that the document is meant to be merely a guide as opposed to being prescriptive.
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.