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Listening to Complaints; Learning for Good Professional Practice

This report is based on information from approximately 2,000 complaints heard by the Medical Council between 2008 -2012.

Relationships between doctors and industry, frequently asked questions.pdf

A list of frequently asked questions clarifying the Council’s ethical guidance on doctors’ interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Professional Competence: Guidelines for Doctors.pdf

These guidelines aim to inform doctors about how the Medical Council proposes to perform functions in relation to professional competence.

Information for Healthcare Organisations and Employers of Doctors, Professional Competence.pdf

What healthcare organisations and employers of doctors need to know.

Performance assessment - Guidelines for doctors.pdf

Information on what to expect during a performance assessment.

What to do if called to give evidence: An information guide for witnesses.pdf

This document tells you what happens when you are called to give evidence at inquiries before the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Medical Council.
Being a witness at an inquiry is very important. When giving evidence to the Fitness to Practise Committee, you are helping the Committee by giving them first-hand information.

What to do if a complaint is made about you: A guide for doctors.pdf

This booklet tells you about the procedure that the Medical Council will follow if a complaint is made about you. The legal basis of the complaints procedure is set out in parts 7, 8 and 9 of the Medical Practitioners Act, 2007.

Listening to Complaints - Learning for Good Professional Practice

This report  is based on information from approximately 2,000 complaints heard by the Medical Council between 2008 -2012.

An Introduction to the Guide for Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners.pdf

This guide assists doctors in maintaining the highest possible standards of professional conduct and ethics and is also important for patients so they are aware of level of professional standards they should expect from their doctor.

Good Medical Practice in Seeking Informed Consent to Treatment.pdf

This document is primarily intended for registered medical practitioners, medical schools, those involved in the postgraduate training of doctors, and doctors’ employers.

Annual Reports & Statistics

Our Annual Reports outline the key activities and achievements of the Medical Council over the course of each year.

Professional Conduct & Ethics

The guide assists doctors in maintaining the highest possible standards of professional conduct and ethics.

Correspondence from the President

Professor Freddie Wood to medical practitioners relating to an update of Paragraph 21 in January 2014

A Video Introduction to the Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners

Dr Deidre Madden, Chair of the Ethics Working Group, introduces a section by section overview of the Guide.

A Video Guide to Section C of the Ethical Guide: Medical Records and Confidentiality

Dr Deidre Madden, Chair of the Ethics Working Group, speaks about Section C of the Guide.

Professional Competence: Promoting Quality.pdf

Following the commencement of Part 11 of the MPA 2007, this leaflet informs registered medical practitioners of their obligations regarding professional competence.

Professional Competence: Promoting Quality Assurance.pdf

The Medical Council welcomes the introduction of statutory professional competence requirements and has prepared this booklet to provide an overview of information for doctors about professional competence.

Professional Practice Review: Developing Standards 2008.pdf

The Medical Council piloted a multi-source feedback study of general practitioners as part of the development of professional competence schemes for doctors, which will be introduced in Part 11 of Medical Practitioners Act 2007.

Performance Assessment: Developing Standards 2008.pdf

The Medical Council carried out a pilot project for Performance Assessment to evaluate the procedures involved where concerns in relation to a doctor’s performance, practice or health are raised.

Managing Complaints about Doctors: Stakeholder Perspectives of the Role of the Medical Council in Ireland.pdf

This study of complaints about doctors is the first of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland and gives us important information from those who have been through the existing Fitness to Practice Procedures of the Medical Council.

Intern Coordinator and Tutor Network project Report.pdf

The aim of this project was to assess the current status of the intern year and to evaluate the experiences of the interns during their first year. This project has included both quantitative and qualitative research in gathering data.

Performance in Practice: Maintenance of Professional Standards.pdf

This consensus statement outlines the schemes that the Medical Council propose to use in fulfilling its duty of ongoing maintenance of the professional standards and competence of all registered medical practitioners.

Lessons Learned from Wrong Site Surgery.pdf

Wrong site Nephrectomy - Lessons learnt.pdf

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