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April 25, 2015

Work starts on new ethical guide

The Medical Council’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee has decided to establish a Drafting Working Group responsible for the contents of its new ethical guide, IMT reports.

Medical Council withdraws approval for programme

The Medical Council has withdrawn its approval for the Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) in Malaysia and a basic medical education programme jointly delivered with University College Cork (UCC) and NUI Galway, IMT reports.

Medical Council extends Perdana accreditation

The Medical Council has extended Perdana University — RCSI’s accreditation, but with two conditions attached.

Bahrain accreditation team is now identified

The Medical Council has identified a committee of experienced assessors set to conduct the proposed accreditation visit of RCSI-Bahrain later this year, IMT understands.

Medical Council to launch second Workforce Intelligence Report

BREAKING NEWS: The Medical Council will launch its second Medical Workforce Intelligence Report this Thursday (August 28), which includes data on the numbers of doctors leaving the short-staffed Irish health service in search of greener pastures.

Council publishes criteria for inspecting training sites

Training sites will be required to appoint an individual accountable for the implementation of new Medical Council requirements for the quality assurance of specialist training programmes for NCHDs, and that the centre meets any obligations agreed locally with postgraduate training bodies, IMT reports.

Medical Council publishes criteria for inspecting training sites

The Medical Council has published criteria for the evaluation of training sites supporting specialist training for doctors — which it has said will be a key quality assurance activity — and expects the settings to meet these 18 principles from January, IMT reports.

Recession impacts doctors’ health

Contrary to belief in some quarters that well-paid doctors have been better insulated than the rest of the Irish population from the effects of the financial crisis, numbers of clinicians attending the Medical Council’s Health Committee has increased year on year since 2010, largely owing to the recession.

MC to police cover requirements

The Minister for Health published the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 on August 1, which ensures medical practitioners have adequate indemnity insurance, a requirement to be enforced by the Medical Council.

Three doctors for every 1,000 people

There were 18,160 doctors, 41 per cent of them female, registered during 2013 with the Medical Council entitling them to practise medicine in Ireland — giving a ratio of three doctors to every 1,000 people in the country, according to the regulatory body’s annual report 2013.

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