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Mr Prasifka will join the Medical Council in October and previously held posts as Financial Services Ombudsman, Chairman of the Competition Authority and Commissioner of Aviation Regulation.
Announcing the appointment, President of the Medical Council, Prof Freddie Wood said: “We are delighted to announce Bill’s appointment as Chief Executive. Bill brings significant experience in regulation across a number of sectors, and we look forward to working with him to further our work in providing a strong regulatory framework for the benefit of patients and doctors.”
Mr Prasifka commented: “The remit of the Medical Council is exceptionally important in providing an environment which enhances good professional practice among doctors, and I am really looking forward to building on the work of the Council for the benefit of patients in Ireland.”
The new CEO will take up the post in October and succeeds Ms Caroline Spillane.
Ms Catherine Whelan, the former Chief Executive of the Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland and former Medical Council member, is the Interim Chief Executive.