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Medical Council Rules For Entry to Supervised Division made into Statutory Instrument

Amended rules for assessment of doctors seeking entry to the Supervised Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners have been made into statutory instrument, it was announced today (3rd July 2013).

Earlier this year, the Medical Council reflected on experience with the Supervised Division since commencement of this legislation and identified opportunities to streamline and strengthen the arrangements which it operates.  On 28th March 2013, it published proposed amendments to its Supervised Division Rules and began a consultation process during which it invited comments from the public, the profession and other stakeholders.

Having reviewed and considered comments received, the Medical Council confirmed amendments to the Supervised Division Rules at its meeting in May 2013, published as Statutory Instrument No. 208 of 2013.  The changes provide for more streamlined and straightforward assessment of doctors seeking entry to the Supervised Division while at the same time strengthening the arrangements which will be in place to supervise their day to day practice in the workplace.  Doctors currently registered in the Supervised Division will be unaffected by the rules changes, which will pertain to new applications for entry to the Supervised Division for the January 2014 rotation.

Speaking today, Chief Executive of the Medical Council, Ms Caroline Spillane, said:

“The standards which the Medical Council sets for entry to the register of medical practitioners are the cornerstone of its role in protecting the public. Entry to the practice of medicine in a new healthcare system presents unique challenges for individual doctors and for the healthcare providers, and these amended rules will support the Health Service Executive to make greater use of the proposal of doctors to the Supervised Division as part of overall medical workforce planning.”   

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Notes to editors:

About the amended rules