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Council to ‘continue’ fee model consultation

This consultation began in late 2016 and will contribute to the development of “an optimised fee model for the Statement of Strategy 2018”, according to the Council.

Kingram House has “committed to freezing registration fees until 2018”, its spokesperson said. Its hike in the standard registration fee from €535 to €605 in 2015 was strongly criticised by doctors.

By press time, there was no timeline put on the publication date of its Statement of Strategy 2018.

The IMO has previously highlighted the need for staged payment options and fees that reflect reduced length of practice during a registration year, such as maternity leave, for example.

Meanwhile, a working group managing the Council’s Safe Start registration support project is set to meet “relevant stakeholders”. Safe Start involves the development of an educational intervention to support doctors newly practising in Ireland.

University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine was appointed to speak directly to new and recent entrants to medical practice in Ireland following a tender process. This information will inform the design of the Safe Start programme to be delivered by the Council.

A Council spokesperson informed MI: “The Safe Start project is being managed through a working group, which reports to the Council’s Registration and Continuing Practice Committee (RCPC). After the research was carried out, a report was produced by the UCD medical education research team based on the findings.

“This report has been considered by the working group in how best to provide an educational intervention and as a next step, the working group will meet with the relevant stakeholders to identify the most appropriate way forward.  The plan coming from this will then need to be brought forward to the RCPC and, ultimately, to Council. When this is complete, we will be in a position to provide a further update.”

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