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New Memorandum of Understanding

The Medical Council and the Practitioner Health Matters Programme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support doctors with health difficulties.

The Practitioner Health Matters Programme service is for health professionals in Ireland with mental health, alcohol or substance misuse problems and provides a comprehensive clinical assessment on referral before recommending an appropriate treatment care plan.

The Medical Council’s Your Training Counts survey of trainee doctors found that, despite a felt need for support, over 8-in-10 (86%) of trainees did not make contact with support services for their health and wellbeing needs.  Of those trainees who did contact support services, over 6-in-10 (62%) found them to be ‘quite’ or ‘very’ useful.

The Medical Council’s Health Committee supported 43 doctors in 2014 to continue in practice during illness. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the Medical Council will, as appropriate, recommend that doctors attending its Health Committee avail of the services of the Practitioner Health Matters Programme as a further support.  The Practitioner Health Matters Programme will in turn refer any doctor availing of its services to the Medical Council, should it believe that a doctor poses an imminent risk to themselves or members of the public. 


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