Medical Council Holds Annual Conference

Research Highlights Importance of Relationship between Doctors and Patients

16th November 2012: Over one hundred and fifty doctors today attended the Medical Council’s Annual Conference at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

The Medical Council conference addressed themes relating to doctors’ practice, including doctors’ health, the application of professionalism in daily practice, and also provided both national and international perspectives on medical regulation, with inputs from regulatory bodies in the UK and New Zealand. The conference was addressed by Secretary General of the Department of Health, Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, along with Medical Council President Kieran Murphy and Chief Executive Caroline Spillane.

Medical Council Chief Executive Caroline Spillane said that “The role of the Medical Council is to protect the public and support doctors in their provision of care to patients. We wanted to give doctors an opportunity, through this conference, to examine aspects of professionalism and international approaches to issues such as continuing professional development, and the impact of their personal health on their professional practice”.

Research into the relationship between doctors and their patients was also outlined at today’s conference.

The research revealed that 74% of Irish adults had an experience of dealing with a doctor in the past year, with 71% visiting a GP and 12% attending a medical or surgical specialist.  

92% of people Irish people trust doctors to tell the truth, and 94% are very or fairly confident that their doctor can effectively communicate to them about all aspects of their personal health. This includes explaining the diagnosis and treatment in a way they can understand and providing adequate information to enable them to make a decision about their care.

According to President of the Medical Council, Kieran Murphy, “We can see from this research that most Irish people have significant engagement with the medical profession, particularly with their GP, and their experience is broadly positive. The Medical Council will continue to work with all partners in the health system to support an environment where doctors can deliver safe and high quality care to their patients”.  

The survey of a nationally representative sample of 994 adults was conducted for the Medical Council by Behaviour and Attitudes in September and October 2012.

ENDS

For Further Information:

Lorna Farren                                                  
Medical Council Communications Manager            
Phone: 01 498 3173/ 087 9130288                    
Email: lfarren@mcirl.ie                                     

Paula Eager
MKC Communications
Phone: 01 703 8612/ 087 4109910
Email: paula@mkc.ie