In this issue
President's Introduction
Message from the CEO
Merry Christmas from all at the Medical Council
Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children
Medical Council establishing new procedures to handle concerns about doctors’ performance
Audioseminar - Section C of the Ethical Guide: Medical Records and Confidentiality
Professional Standards Vignette
Council Member Profile - Dr Regina Connolly
Council Member Profile - Ms Marie Kehoe
Archive
Autumn 2011
Summer 2011
Spring 2011
Winter 2010
Autumn 2010
Summer 2010
Spring 2010
Winter 2009
Autumn 2009
Summer 2009
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Seasons Greetings from the Medical Council - Winter 2011
 
Kieran Murphy
President's Introduction
Professor Kieran Murphy introduces the Winter edition of the Medical Council E-newsletter which includes articles on 'Children First 2011 – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children' and new procedures which the Medical Council has established to handle concerns about doctors' performance. 

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Message from the CEO

In this edition of the E-newsletter, the CEO outlines the recent joint initiative with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland which commenced with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two regulators. Also outlined, is the redevelopment of our website content which is currently underway and will be completed by January.


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Merry Christmas from all at the Medical Council
The President, Council, Chief Executive and Staff of the Medical Council wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
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Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched the Children First 2011 – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children on 15th July 2011.  This National Guidance promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect and supersedes the Children’s First published in 1999 by the Department for Health and Children.


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Medical Council establishing new procedures to handle concerns about doctors’ performance
The Medical Council has recently consulted on rules to establish new procedures to handle concerns about doctors’ performance.  This article describes the background to these developments and places these in the context of the role of the Medical Council.

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Audioseminar - Section C of the Ethical Guide: Medical Records and Confidentiality

Arising from the Medical Council’s commitment in the Business Plan 2011 to implement a communications plan for engagement with the medical profession, this audio seminar on Section C of the Ethical Guide: Medical Records and Confidentiality has been developed for the medical profession.


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Professional Standards Vignette

This inquiry concerns a doctor who was complained about by the Gardaí when, during a search of a premises the doctor had previously occupied, the Gardaí discovered quantities of blank signed prescriptions bearing the doctor's stamp and the doctor's registration number. This vignette outlines the process by which the Council managed this complaint.


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Regina Connolly
Council Member Profile - Dr Regina Connolly

Dr Regina Connolly, is a member of the Fitness to Practice and Standards in Practice Committees as well as the Ethics Working Group. She is Senior Lecturer in Management Information Systems at Dublin City University and is director of the M.Sc. in Electronic Commerce degree programme.


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Council Member Profile - Ms Marie Kehoe

Ms Marie Kehoe is one of the Council's newest members whom the Council welcomed in October of this year. Ms Kehoe is the Regional General Manager for Quality and Patient Safety in the HSE South and the Lead for the Quality function in the Office of Quality and Risk.

 


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