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Medical Council Chief Executive to take up new post

Professor Freddie Wood, President of the Medical Council has paid tribute to Caroline Spillane who is to become the new Director General of Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineers in Ireland. 

“Caroline has been a fantastic chief executive of the Medical Council and has been an excellent colleague and advisor.  She has overseen the evolution of the Council’s role in recent years, bringing about marked improvements in our processes.  This emphasis on operational excellence has led to increased efficiencies and a more effective use of budget within the organisation, while her focus on collaboration with patients, doctors and partner organisations has made sure our decision making was informed by a range of views throughout the health system.  She has led the development of research relating to the medical workforce, postgraduate training and the handling of complaints which will influence positive change in the health sector in the coming years.”

 “While the Council and staff are disappointed that Caroline has chosen to move on, we wish her well as she takes on a new challenge outside the health sector.  We will now commence the process to appoint a successor in the role to support the implementation of our strategy.”  

Speaking about her decision, Ms Spillane said: “My time at the Medical Council has been immensely rewarding.  Over the past four years I’ve had the privilege of working with the Council and staff to develop it as an organisation which implements solid and evidence informed decisions to deliver measurable improvements for both patients and doctors.   I have enjoyed working with committed and talented staff and Council members, led by Presidents Kieran Murphy and Freddie Wood. As I’ve overseen the Medical Council develop as an organisation, an opportunity has arisen in a completely different role  for me, which will provide a new challenge.  I will remain in the post until June and will continue to work with the Council and staff as arrangements are made to appoint a successor.”