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CPD issues gave rise to recent FTP inquiry

A retired GP was last month cleared of professional misconduct at an FTP hearing in Dublin.

Dr James Edward Mary Molloy (72) worked as a GP in Limerick for a number of decades before retiring in May 2014. He was not present at the inquiry, held on 14 March.

Dr Molloy was found to be in contravention of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 for failing to comply with three audits regarding his participation in a professional competency scheme.

It was also claimed that his failure to correspond with the Council between November 2015 and June 2016 regarding an investigation into his compliance amounted to professional misconduct.

However, the inquiry found Dr Molloy not guilty of professional misconduct in relation to this matter.

In December 2012, the Council wrote to Dr Molloy, informing him that he had been selected for participation in an audit for the period 2011/2012.

In February 2013, Dr Molloy told the Council he was enrolled with the ICGP’s professional competence scheme. He said he was enclosing documents to support this.

But the inquiry heard that Dr Molloy never provided the proper document from the ICGP to indicate his enrolment.

Ms Aoife McBride of the ICGP told the inquiry: “Dr Molloy was not enrolled with us at any stage since 2011.”

In November 2013, the Council informed Dr Molloy that he had been selected for another audit, for the period 2012/2013.

In December 2013, Dr Molloy replied, stating: “I wish to assure you I have now registered with the ICGP competency scheme.”

In October 2014, the Council again informed him he had been selected for an audit, for 2013/2014.

The following month, Dr Molloy replied that he was 70 years of age, had retired six months’ previously and had closed his practice, although he remained on the register.

Mr Conor Doyle from the Council’s professional standards section told the inquiry a colleague spoke with Dr Molloy in April 2016 regarding the investigation into alleged failure to comply with the audits.

Dr Molloy said he was “angry and frustrated” to be pursued “for something like this”, Mr Doyle said.

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