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Appendix A: Strategy Development Process

The Medical Council’s strategy development process was informed by an extensive analysis of the current operating environment and factors which may affect the Council’s role and remit over the course of its term.

The views of the public and doctors were pivotal in informing the Council’s decision-making. Research was conducted with 996 members of the public to ascertain their views on their experience of doctors, health, professionalism and the Council’s regulatory role. The views of 694 doctors were collated on issues including health, professionalism and the Council’s role.

A consultation process was undertaken to ensure that the views of partner organisations informed Council decision-making. Approximately 40 organisations were involved in this process, with over 60 representatives providing views that informed the strategy development process during 2013.

Organisations involved in the consultation in 2013:

Patient Representatives

  • Age Action
  • Cairde
  • Gay and Lesbian Equality Network
  • Irish Advocacy Network
  • Irish Patients Association
  • Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare
  • Patient Focus
  • Pavee Point

Government Departments and Regulatory Bodies

  • CORU
  • Dental Council
  • Department of Health
  • Health Information & Quality Authority
  • Irish Medicines Board
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

Doctor Representatives

  • Irish Hospital Consultants Association
  • Irish Medical Organisation


  • Health Service Executive
  • Independent Hospitals Association

Medical Educators

  • College of Anaesthetists of Ireland
  • College of Psychiatry of Ireland
  • Council of Deans of Medical Schools
  • Intern Training Network
  • Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Irish Intensive Care Society
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • The College of Ophthalmologists
  • The Faculty of Occupational Medicine
  • The Faculty of Paediatrics
  • The Faculty of Pathology
  • The Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • The Faculty of Radiologists
  • The Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Legal Representatives and Indemnifiers

  • Arthur Cox Solicitors
  • Comyn Kelleher Tobin Solicitors
  • Hayes Solicitors
  • Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors
  • Matheson Solicitors
  • McDowell Purcell Solicitors
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Medical Protection Society
  • Medisec
  • O’Connor Solicitors
  • William Fry Solicitors

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