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Medical Council Publishes Online Booklet to Ensure Patients are Informed

Booklet Provides Guidance on Telemedicine and the Internet, Second Opinions, and Treatment Options

The Medical Council has today (18th October, 2016) published an online booklet for patients and members of the public entitled Working with Your Doctor: Useful Information for Patients. This booklet aims to help patients and members of the public get the best health care through working in partnership with doctors and other health professionals. It also explains the different types of doctors that might treat patients, what patients can expect from their doctor and how one can work with their doctor to improve their care.

Speaking about the booklet, Medical Council Vice President and Chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Dr Audrey Dillon said: “This booklet was developed with the aim of providing patients with clear and accessible information in relation to interactions with their doctor. It gives pragmatic advice on the different aspects of care and also gets into the trickier theoretical issues which may arise during the course of treatment. I hope that this booklet will be a helpful resource for patients looking for guidance in relation to their own healthcare.”

The patient booklet was developed following the launch of the 8th Edition of the Medical Council’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners (8th Edition) earlier this year which sets out the standards of practice doctors are expected to follow. In August, the Medical Council went out to consultation to seek the views of the public, doctors and partner organisations on the draft patient booklet to ensure it was inclusive, relevant and useful. Member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee and external lead advisor for the World Health Organisation’s Patients for Patient Safety Programme, Ms Margaret Murphy was involved in the drafting of the booklet and when speaking about it said: “This patient booklet is extremely useful as it informs members of the public on aspects of care which they may not otherwise consider, for example what they can expect from their doctor, what their doctors needs to know and what to do if something goes wrong. If a patient goes into their doctor feeling more knowledgeable and informed, the experience is likely to be better and most importantly adverse events are less likely to occur.” Margaret Murphy will also be speaking at the Medical Council’s Patient Safety and Leadership Conference; Enhancing the Culture of Patient Safety on the Thursday 27th October, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin.

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Notes to Editors

  1. The Medical Council regulates medical doctors in the Republic of Ireland. The Council's purpose is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among doctors. 
  2. The Medical Council is holding a Patient Safety & Leadership Conference, Enhancing the Culture of Patient Safety on Thursday, 27th October at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane. Astronaut Colonel Eileen Collins who was the first female to pilot and command an American space shuttle will be speaking at the event on the principles of teamwork, including the key factors for successful leadership along with columnist and author of two acclaimed books on the science of high performance, Matthew Syed
  3. The Medical Council gives guidance on all matters related to professional conduct and ethics in the Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners (8th Edition).