The Medical Council has announced today, 3rd January, that its five-year strategic plan (2019 – 2023) is officially open for public consultation. This marks the third plan since the introduction of the 2007 Medical Practitioners Act.
Central to the development of this plan has been a comprehensive review of the previous 2014 – 2018 strategy, the setting of objectives for the forthcoming 5-year period and engagement with key Medical Council stakeholders.
The strategy has been developed to respond to six key objectives, including, becoming a global leader in Medical Regulation, making necessary changes to legislation to bring Irish Medical Regulation in line with international best practice, delivering an efficient and proportionate model of regulation, improve understanding of the role of the council, and ensuring consistency across all medical education and training.
“Following the considerable body of work that has been undertaken, we have arrived at a five-year strategy that is realistic, innovative, ambitious and that we believe will position the Medical Council as a global example of best practice as it is the body responsible for the regulation of registered medical practitioners in Ireland,” said Dr Rita Doyle, President, the Medical Council.
“In the development of this plan we have conducted a comprehensive programme of engagement with all of our key stakeholders and we have conducted a thorough review of current international best practice,” said Bill Prasifka, CEO, the Medical Council. “We will now welcome further responses and suggested contributions during the consultation period”.
To make submissions on the draft strategic review, please log on to www.medicalcouncil.ie. The deadline for submission is 22nd January 2019.
Following the public consultation, the draft strategy will be reviewed and submitted to the Minister for Health for his consideration in advance of being laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.