New regulations for doctors
In May 2011, the Medical Council established a new system to regulate doctors’ maintenance of professional competence. Through this system, doctors are required to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date by enrolling in professional competence schemes and engaging in relevant activities. The Medical Council will oversee doctors to ensure that they fulfil this new legal duty, and it has new powers to take action where it is considered that a doctor is not maintaining professional competence.
This is an important change in the work of the Medical Council and will greatly strengthen and modernise its functions to better enable it to protect the public and to drive good professional practise in Ireland.