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Registered Medical Practitioners Invited to Retain Registration on Medical Council Register

Important New Requirements for Professional Indemnity

Monday, 21st May, 2018: The Medical Council has announced the opening of the annual retention period inviting medical practitioners to re-register with the Medical Council while highlighting an important change.

As part of this year’s process Doctors will be asked to comply with new requirements relating to the professional indemnity since the introduction of the Medical Practitioner’s (Amendment) Act 2017. This Act amends the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, and outlines new mandatory legal requirements for all medical practitioners currently registered or applying to register with the Medical Council regarding levels of professional medical indemnity. Medical practitioners currently registered with the Medical Council will be requested to confirm their professional indemnity.

Speaking about this change, Director of Registration & Business Process Improvement with the Medical Council, Mr Philip Brady, said: “Professional indemnity is a mandatory requirement and will protect the practitioner against claims arising in respect of medical malpractice, negligence and other civil claims that arise from a breach of duty associated with their practice as a doctor.”

Most practitioners already have professional indemnity in place and the only change for those doctors will be completing the appropriate declaration and in some cases providing a copy of their indemnity cover certificate to the Council. Some practitioners may have to review the level of indemnity they have to ensure they have the correct level of cover to cover the scope of their practise”.

“All doctors practising medicine in Ireland must have indemnity cover appropriate to the nature of their employment/practice arrangement and their area of practice.” concluded Mr Brady.

All registered medical practitioners have been written to with the relevant information and have until 30th June 2018 to retain their registration.