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Medical Council Begins Consultation on Supervised Division Rules

The Medical Council today (28th March 2013), began a consultation process as part of the development of amendments to its Supervised Division Rules.

In 2011, in response to an anticipated shortage of doctors to work in hospitals operated by the Health Service Executive, the legislation underpinning the procedures and criteria for assessment of registration applications was amended and led to the establishment of a Supervised Division to the medical register. 

The Medical Council has reflected on its experience since commencement of this legislation and has identified opportunities to streamline and strengthen the arrangements which it operates.  It is proposing to amend its rules specifying how it assesses applications for entry to the Supervised Division, which would impact on new applicants.  Those doctors currently registered in the Supervised Division would be unaffected.

Draft proposals have now been published so as to provide with an opportunity to comment.  Interested individuals and groups are now invited to submit their views on these draft amendments to the rules on

Following this consultation process and Council’s consideration of submissions received, the draft amendments to the rules will be reviewed and finalised.  Please note that all submissions are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997-2003. 

Speaking today, President of the Medical Council, Professor Kieran Murphy said:

“The standards which the Medical Council sets for entry to the Register of Medical Practitioners are the cornerstone to its role in protecting the public. These standards ensure that doctors who are registered have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide care which is both safe and of the highest possible quality.

“Safe, effective and efficient operation of the Register of Medical Practitioners is in everyone’s interest, so it’s important that all interested parties take the opportunity to shape these rules by providing feedback for consideration by Council.” 


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About the Medical Council

The Medical Council is the statutory body responsible for regulating the medical profession in the Republic of Ireland.  It sets and monitors standards in relation to the education and training, maintenance of competence, and conduct of doctors and has powers to take action if these standards are not met.  In this way, it helps drive patient safety by supporting and ensuring good professional practice amongst doctors.

About the Consultation process

  • The draft amendments to the rules are available from the Council’s website at, where a feedback form can also be downloaded. 
  • Printed copies are available by contacting the Council’s offices at 01-4983190.