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RCSI Council planning a ‘strategic shift’ towards EU engagement following Brexit

As the fallout from Brexit continues to be felt across the health service in Ireland, the RCSI Council discussed the issue at its April meeting, minutes of which have been seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request.

At the meeting, the Council noted that “regardless of Brexit, with an expected decline in domestic UK student numbers over the next five years, UK HEIs [Higher Education Institutes] will become increasing focused on competing for international students”.

The minutes also note that the Council membership agreed that the RCSI needs to “make a strategic shift to deeper engagement with colleagues across the EU”.

“For example, increased engagement in European surgical societies,” stated the minutes.

The meeting heard a presentation from Mr Adrian Devitt, Associate Director of the Office of the RCSI Chief Executive, on the RCSI’s approach to “managing Brexit” and the “key opportunities and challenges for the College”.

A College spokesperson confirmed to MI that the College does indeed plan to build on already existing ties to the EU and further afield.

“RCSI already has engagements with a wide range of academic partners across Ireland, the UK and further afield,” an RCSI spokesperson told MI.

“… At a College-wide level, we hope to deepen these relationships in the future.

“RCSI and Irish surgeons have strong links with colleagues all over Europe and worldwide. We intend to continue to build upon these relationships in areas of research and mutual collaboration.”

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