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Medical Council Elections

Friday, 19th January 2018: The Medical Council is today announcing the procedures for the election for the new Medical Council for the term June 2018 to May 2023.

The Medical Council, which is the regulatory body for doctors, has a statutory role in protecting the public by promoting the highest professional standards amongst doctors practicing in the Republic of Ireland. The Council has a majority of non-medical members. The 25 member Council consists of 13 non-medical members and 12 medical members.

Six members of the Council are elected by registered medical practitioners, five are appointed by the Minister for Health, one is appointed by the Minister for Education and the remaining 13 are appointing by a number of nominating bodies.

The six medical members who are elected, must be nominated by 10 registered medical practitioners practising medicine in the State, to validly stand for election. Only registered practitioners, on the register of medical practitioners, may stand for election to the Medical Council.

To be eligible for election, a person must be a registered medical practitioner practising medicine in the State (but excluding any visiting EEA practitioner) on 15th February 2018, this being the day preceding the last day for receiving nominations.

Nomination of a candidate shall be subscribed by 10 other registered medical practitioners.

An independent Returning Officer has been appointed and in accordance with the provisions of section 17(1) and (8) of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 will conduct the election process.

Six of the 25 members are appointed following the election process under the following categories:

  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to Anaesthesia
  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to Public Health Medicine
  • One medical practitioner registered or able to be registered in the Specialist Division in relation to Pathology or Radiology
  • One registered medical practitioner, practising medicine in a hospital but not a consultant
  • One registered medical practitioner who does not fall into the categories above

Candidates nominated should demonstrate relevant experience or skills in at least one of the following areas: corporate governance, risk management, strategy development, change management, regulation, and health sector knowledge. They should also show effective judgement, have effective communication skills, and be improvement focused.

Nomination papers and other information regarding the election are available on the Medical Council Website. The closing date for receipt of nomination papers is Friday, 16th February 2018 at 1.00pm. The Returning Officer will attend at the offices of the Medical Council to receive nomination papers on 16th February, 2018 between the hours of 10.00am and 1.00pm.

If there is more than one nominated candidate an electronic poll shall be taken. Voting opens from 12 noon on Thursday 1st March and closes at 12 noon on Thursday 21st March 2018.

In addition to the 6 elected members, the Medical Council is comprised of a further 19 nominated members under the following categories:

  • one nominee of the Royal Irish Academy
  • two nominees of the HSE
  • one nominee of the Minister for Education and Skills 
  • one nominee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland 
  • one nominee of CORU
  • one nominee of HIQA
  • two nominees of medical schools
  • one nominee of the Private Hospitals Association (previously known as the Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland)
  • five nominees of the Minister for Health
  • one registered medical practitioner nominated by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • one registered medical practitioner nominated by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • one registered medical practitioner nominated by the Irish College of General Practitioners
  • one registered medical practitioner nominated the College of Psychiatry

The five vacancies arising on the Medical Council to be filled by the Minister for Health will be advertised on www.stateboards.ie by the Public Appointments Service in the coming weeks. Prospective nominees should be aware of the time commitment that must be given to the role of Council members, all of whom will be appointed by the Minister for Health.

Information on the roles and responsibilities of Council members, which is included in the Medical Council’s Corporate Governance Framework, and further information for candidates standing for election to Council is available on the Medical Council Website.

The new Council will begin their term on 1st June 2018. The current Council and committees remain in place until the 31st May 2018.

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