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Nominations Close as Doctors Prepare to Vote in Medical Council Elections

Doctors Encouraged to Have Their Say

Friday, 16th February 2018: Nominations have close today for doctors wishing to contest the Medical Council elections 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, six are appointed by the Minister for Health, one being nominated by the Minister for Education and the remaining 13 are appointed 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.

Following the close of the nominations period at 1pm today, Friday, 16th February, the independent returning officer, Mr Fergus Gallagher, Dublin County Sheriff, has announced the candidates for election to the Medical Council having deemed the nominations of the following candidates valid.

Specialist Division - Anaesthesia
Dr Suzanne Crowe (Registration Number: 19051)
Dr Ellen Patricia O’Sullivan (Registration Number: 17468)
Dr Eleanor O’Leary (Registration Number: 778)

Specialist Division - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Dr Mary Catherine Therese Doyle (Registration Number: 4345)
Dr Dr Aoife Mullally (Registration Number: 23115)

Specialist Division - Pathology or Radiology
No nominations received in this category

Specialist Division - Public Health Medicine
Dr Anthony Breslin (Registration Number: 11124)
Dr Paul Augustine Quigley (Registration Number: 2191)

One medical practitioner, not being a consultant, practising medicine in a hospital
Dr Erica Maguire (Registration Number: 411015)
Dr Michael Ita (Registration Number: 407576)
Dr Tashfeen Siddiq Ali (Registration Number: 402150)
Dr Eamon Francis (Registration Number: 371688)

One registered medical practitioner, not falling within any of the other categories
Dr Roy Mark Browne (Registration Number: 12635)
Dr Dawar Mahmood Siddiqi (Registration Number: 18116)
Dr Sohail Rasool (Registration Number: 16781)
Dr Shane O’Hanlon (Registration Number: 188795)
Dr Mousumi Dunne (Registration Number: 23439)
Dr Malachy Gerard Coleman (Registration Number: 3464)
Dr Marcus De Brun (Registration Number: 128888)
Dr Cormac Duff (Registration Number: 417089)
Dr Eleanor Mary Corcoran (Registration Number: 3617)

All doctors registered as at the 15th February 2018, are eligible to vote on the Medical Council website when voting opens between March 1st and midday on March 21st, and doctors are being encouraged to make sure they have their say by voting.

Speaking today, CEO of the Medical Council, Mr Bill Prasifka, said: “Members of the Medical Council have an important role to play in promoting patient safety by working together to ensure high standards amongst doctors registered in Ireland. These past five years have been a very positive time for the Medical Council under the outgoing Council, with several significant changes taking place during their tenure, and we’re very grateful for all the guidance and leadership shown by this Council.”

“It’s important that all registered doctors have their say on the formation of the Council and participate in the election of new Council members” concluded Mr Prasifka.

The Medical Council is unique among medical regulators worldwide, in that the majority of the twenty-five member Council is made up of non-medical members, with 13 non-medics. Six of the twelve medical members are appointed following election by registered doctors.

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