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Minister for Health & Children Launches Part 11 of Medical Practitioners Act, 2007

Minister for Health & Children Launches Part 11 of Medical Practitioners Act, 2007
All doctors now required to sign up to Professional Competence Scheme

Monday 31st May 2010

The Minister for Health & Children, Ms. Mary Harney T.D., has today formally launched Part 11 of the 2007 Medical Practitioners Act. This is a milestone for the medical profession and will help promote the safety of patients.

Part 11, which is the final part of the act to come into force, deals with the maintenance of Professional Competence. It stipulates that all registered medical practitioners must register with a Professional Competence Scheme and begin a process of engagement in continuing professional development (CPD) and clinical audit within the next 12 months.

President of the Medical Council Professor Kieran Murphy said "For the majority of doctors this is the formalisation in law of a process with which they are already voluntarily engaged".

"It is a very positive development for the profession and for patients who can now be certain that their doctor is maintaining their level of knowledge and skills. This will help to ensure that patients are getting the best possible care".

Speaking about the cost of the roll out of the Scheme, Professor Murphy said that training bodies and doctors will not incur high costs as a result of the roll out of this Professional Competence Scheme.

"The majority of doctors are already involved in professional development, so I cannot see the introduction of this scheme creating a financial burden for them".

The Medical Council has written to all doctors explaining the Scheme and asking them to complete a survey detailing their registration with a Postgraduate Training Body. This information will help the Council develop the Professional Competence Scheme.

Further information on Professional Competence Schemes can be obtained from the Medical Council website (www.medicalcouncil.ie) or from the Postgraduate Training Bodies.

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