Specialist Division - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Candidates nominated in the Specialist Division – Obstetrics and Gynaecology are as follows:

Dr Mary Catherine Therese Doyle (Registration Number: 4345)
Dr Aoife Mullally (Registration Number: 23115)

The biographies below were supplied by the candidates.

Dr Mary Catherine Therese Doyle (Registration Number: 4345)

Miriam DoyleDoctors fund the Medical Council. It is my intention to use the available processes to effect change for the benefit of all doctors whose contributions fund its activities.

I have always been known as Miriam Doyle but my name on the Medical Council’s register and on the ballot paper for the election is Mary Catherine Therese Doyle.

Doctors are very concerned about how the Medical Council functions in relation to complaint management. Doctors are frightened of being the subject of a complaint to the Medical Council. There is huge uncertainty around the process and around the timelines of any investigation. Regardless of their role in an investigation, doctors are traumatised by their encounters with the process.

Current legislation dictates the functions of the Medical Council, but there is scope for the Medical Council to reorganise its implementation of these functions. Legislative change is desirable, but I believe that change can be effected within the current framework to improve the situation for doctors.

After senior registrar training in Dublin, I was entered on the Specialist Register in 2000. My first Consultant post was in 2001 as a Locum Consultant at Bons Secours Hospital, Cork. Between September 2001 and April 2004, I was employed as a temporary Consultant at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. From May 2004 – March 2005, I was Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Cavan General Hospital. Since 2005, I have worked as Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

I have experience of delivering service in diverse locations and circumstances. I have experienced and observed the demands and pressures experienced by doctors at all levels, in many specialities, in several locations throughout the country.

I shall be a strong advocate for change, for all doctors, in the way the Medical Council functions.

Dr Aoife Mullally (Registration Number: 23115)

Aoife MullallyDr Aoife Mullally is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist working at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin and the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1999 and completed Higher Specialist Training in the North of England before returning to Ireland. As Clinical Lead for the Labour Ward in the Coombe Hospital her interests include management of high-risk labour and birth, as well as early pregnancy complications and adolescent gynaecology. She is actively involved in Quality Improvement initiatives, guideline development and reviewing adverse events. She is a member of the Obstetric Division and the Clinical Risk Management committee. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has a particular interest in supporting specialists-in-training as they develop advanced labour ward skills.

Aoife Mullally is proud to work in a specialty which provides excellent care for women, infants and their families but is also extremely conscious of the impact of a continuous negative media narrative both on those working in the specialty as well as on women and families who access our services. While this has often been misleading and sensationalist, there is no doubt that the historic lack of appropriate investment in maternity services has impacted our ability to provide our patients with high quality woman-centred care at all times. Ireland has the lowest number of Consultant Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in the OECD and yet the complexity of care that we are expected to deliver is higher than ever. Recruiting consultants to work in the specialty has never been more difficult.

While patient safety is paramount, doctors involved in adverse events suffer significant psychological morbidity and should be managed with compassion, support and transparency in the aftermath. Aoife Mullally believes that the Medical Council should be committed to supporting doctors throughout their careers, promoting training and life-long learning and maintaining the confidence of the public in the medical profession.