NOTE: By submitting this form and registering with us, you are providing us with permission to store your personal data and the record of your registration. In addition, registration with the Medical Independent includes granting consent for the delivery of that additional professional content and targeted ads, and the cookies required to deliver same. View our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice for further details.

You can opt out at anytime by visiting our cookie policy page. In line with the provisions of the GDPR, the provision of your personal data is a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. We must advise you at the point of collecting your personal data that it is a required field, and the consequences of not providing the personal data is that we cannot provide this service to you.

Don't have an account? Subscribe

Registration does not determine doctors’ suitability – Council

By Mindo - 27th Jun 2019

Registration does not determine doctors’ suitability for specific posts, the Medical Council has underlined.

In correspondence to Minister for Health Simon Harris in November, the then HSE interim Director General (DG) Mr John Connaghan wrote that an incompetent SHO hired at University Maternity Hospital Limerick had been “fully registered” with the Medical Council and his fitness to practise “had already been determined” by the Council “granting him a registration number”. The correspondence between Minister Harris and Mr Connaghan related to concerns over hospital recruitment practices nationally, following comments by High Court President Mr Justice Kelly.

A Council spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) that an employer “needs to ensure the doctor is suitable to the post for which they are recruiting. Registration does not determine suitability for specific posts, it determines that a doctor has reached the necessary standards of education and training to be granted registration on the register only.”

In his correspondence to Mr Connaghan, Minister Harris noted Mr Justice Kelly’s comment that the Limerick case was “not isolated” and defective recruitment procedures had led to the appointment of doctors who were “an obvious danger to patients”. Minister Harris requested an urgent response regarding the issue.

A part of Mr Connaghan’s reply was redacted. He stated that the doctor in Limerick had recently qualified from an EU medical school and was “fully registered”.  Supervisors at UL Hospitals acted “promptly” in addressing the concerns.

He advised that first-year SHOs were “expected to have only the basic skills” of a doctor who had just completed intern year.

The HSE leadership team had recently approved in principle the development of a new recruitment model “that reflects a situation where a greater volume of recruitment is now being carried out at local level”. Mr Connaghan added that he would consider the implications of the court judgment in more detail.

In a circular to hospitals in early March, the HSE warned that graduates of medical schools in some EEA member states are considered to have completed basic medical training without a separate clinical internship. Those responsible for recruitment should be aware that NCHDs who have completed their basic medical training in these countries are eligible for general registration with the Medical Council and can apply directly for SHO or registrar posts, “which may be their first paid clinical role”.

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent 20th February
The Medical Independent 20th February 2024

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read