ICGP award for MPS's Diarmuid Quinlan

L-R: Mr Kieran Ryan CEO ICGP, Dr John Delap outgoing Chairman ICGP, Dr Paul Ryan, Dr Diarmuid Quinlan and Mr Alex White TD, Minister of State for Primary Care

Congratulations to Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, a GP in Cork and MPS clinical risk assessment facilitator, and his colleague, GP and pharmacist Dr Paul Ryan, who won the Quality in Practice (QIP) award at the ICGP annual conference in Galway in May.

Their winning entry was a patient-held alert card to improve the safe prescribing, usage and monitoring of methotrexate. Ireland has four times the UK adverse event rate for patients using methotrexate. The pair wrote about their study in the January 2013 edition of Casebook.

Dr Quinlan and Dr Ryan also featured in the last edition of Practice Matters Ireland with an article on the risks of repeat prescribing.

New President for Medical Council

The Medical Council has elected Professor Freddie Wood as President and Dr Audrey Dillon as Vice President for its term from June 2013 to 2018. Professor Wood is a cardiothoracic surgeon who served as Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation at the Mater Hospital from 1999 to 2010 and is now in private practice. He is a member of the council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Medical Practitioners (Amendment) (Medical Indemnity Insurance) Bill 2013

MPS has been actively involved along with other stakeholders in the drafting stages of this important Bill.

The purpose of the Bill is to ensure that medical practitioners have indemnity or insurance arrangements in place.

The Bill is expected to be published this year.

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