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HSE and the Medical Council Strengthen Working Relationship

The Medical Council and the Health Service Executive have agreed a memorandum of understanding to confirm both organisations’ commitment to co-operation in the interests of patient safety, it was announced today.

The memorandum provides a framework to assist joint working on areas relating to patient safety and public health issues and sets out the principles underlying this collaboration.

It was signed by the HSE’s Director General designate, Mr Tony O’Brien, HSE National Director, Quality & Patient Safety, Dr. Philip Crowley, and on the Medical Council’s behalf by CEO, Ms Caroline Spillane and President, Professor Kieran Murphy.  

Medical Council CEO, Ms Caroline Spillane said that the MOU will formalise collaboration on areas relating to doctors’ registration and their ongoing professional competence, as well as information sharing where concerns arise about a doctor’s fitness to practise.  “The work of the Medical Council is closely interlinked with that of the HSE, with patient safety being the foremost concern of both organisations.  This MOU will strengthen ties with the aim of ensuring that the right supports are in place to assist doctors in practising safely.”

Dr. Philip Crowley, National Director of Quality and Patient Safety said “this MOU formally recognises the positive working relationship between the HSE and the Medical Council.  It strengthens our collective efforts to improve the quality and safety of care that we deliver to our patients.” 

Memorandum of Understanding.pdf

For further information contact:
Lorna Farren - Medical Council, Communications Manager
Telephone: +353 1 4983173
Mobile: +353 87 913 0288
Email: lfarren@mcirl.ie