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Statement from President John Hillery concerning Dr William Porter

Consequent on recent media coverage regarding Dr. William Porter, the President of the Medical Council, Dr. John Hillery wishes to confirm the following:

  • Dr. William Porter is not a registered medical practitioner and has never been registered with the Medical Council of Ireland.
  • The Medical Council has been concerned for some time about certain treatments being offered by Dr. Porter.
  • A recent academic article in relation to Dr. Porter's treatment of patients suffering from cancer has caused the Council to be concerned that patients may be harmed as a result of this treatment.
  • The Council cannot investigate or discipline doctors who are not on its Register and therefore is not in a position to investigate or initiate any disciplinary proceedings against Dr. Porter.
  • However, on 24 February 2004 the Medical Council's solicitors McDowell Purcell wrote to An Garda Siochana in Killaloe to complain that criminal offences may have been committed at the Cytoluminescent Therapy Centre, Killaloe, Co. Clare, which the Council understood was being operated by Dr. Porter.
  • The Council understands that the matter is currently being investigated by An Garda Siochana.
  • The Department of Health and Children is aware of the "loophole" in the Act allowing a doctor to engage in the practise of medicine without registration. The Council understands that amending legislation is being prepared.
  • The Council would remind members of the public that the treatment of serious illnesses such as cancer usually involves appropriately trained specialists who are registered medical practitioners.

The Council is happy to answer queries from members of the public as regards any doctor's registration status.

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