One medical practitioner, not being a consultant, practising medicine in a hospital

Candidates nominated in the One medical practitioner, not being a consultant, practising medicine in a hospital are as follows:

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)

The biographies below were supplied by the candidates.


Dr Erica Maguire (Registration Number: 411015)

Erica MaguireMy name is Erica Maguire, I am a NCHD currently on the Psychiatry Basic Specialist Training Scheme. I came to medicine via the Graduate Entry route, after working as a barrister for four years.

I am seeking election to the Medical Council with the following areas of particular concern to me and also to many other NCHDs working in Ireland:

  • Practitioner mental health, peer support and how this can be safeguarded, particularly for trainees. 
  • The impact of professional misconduct proceedings on NCHDs and the lack of medicolegal training we receive
  • The significant financial burden on Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) graduates. 

I am hoping to be a voice on the Council for my NCHD colleagues.


Dr Michael Ita (Registration Number: 407576)

Dr Michael Ita (Registration Number: 407576) Dr. Michael Ita graduated from the University of Pécs Medical School Hungary in 2012. He holds the degree of Doctor of Medicine with Honours. He has worked as an NCHD in the Irish Health Service since July 2013.

He has a keen interest in basic and clinical neuroscience, and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Neuropharmacology from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

He is currently a Research Registrar and clinical tutor in the Department of Academic Surgery Cork University Hospital, working on the biomarkers of disease progression and response to monoclonal antibody therapy in a preclinical model of melanoma brain metastasis.

He has an active interest in NCHD issues including postgraduate medical education, opportunities for NCHD clinical training and career progression.


Dr Tashfeen Siddiq Ali (Registration Number: 402150)

Tashfeen Siddiq AliDr. Tashfeen Siddiq Ali is an Emergency physician who graduated from the King Edward Medical University. He started his career in Emergency Medicine in 2011 and is currently working as a SpR in Emergency Medicine at Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore. He is a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine UK. His special interest includes critical care, Trauma, simulation teaching and quality improvement in medicine. He is ATLS instructor and also served as summer tutor for University College Dublin. Dr. Ali is best known for his ground breaking work in establishing an insitu simulation teaching program and first seizure out patient care pathway in the Emergency Department of Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Dr. Ali is described by his colleagues as the most helpful and pleasant person to work with.


Dr Eamon Francis (Registration Number: 371688)

Eamon FrancisI graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2010 with an honors degree and the Arthur Ball and Seton Pringle prizes in Surgery. I am currently a third year specialist registrar in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery.

I hold a Masters of Arts (MA) from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters of Surgery from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MCh), and a Masters of Science (MSc) from the Queen Mary University in London.

I have a strong interest in the provision of specialist training across all disciplines and how one can maximize its implementation and formalize its regulation. Currently I am the Chair of the Irish Surgical Training Group (ISTG) representing all surgeons in training nationally. In this role I advocate for the views of trainees across all specialties at formal RCSI training committee meetings. I have previously served as its Vice –Chair. I have too served as a lead NCHD representing the views of surgical & anesthetic trainees at perioperative directorate board meetings.

I am interested in medical ethics, particularly in relation to professionals who practice surgery. The regulation of surgical practice, in particular Aesthetic/Cosmetic surgery, is of significant concern to me, to safeguard a potentially vulnerable patient population.

In this role I wish to work closely with all the colleges involved in mandating and providing specialist training. This is to ensure that we as trainees are supported to achieve highest standards possible. This will be of benefit to us as trainees but of equal importance to the public whom we treat. In addition I would like to liaise closely with professionalism and ethics committees on governance issues, particularly related to surgical practice, so that patients receive the best care as possible.