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.
Consultation on organ donation
The Department of Health is consulting on the introduction of an opt-out system of consent for organ donation. The government intends to change from the current system where the deceased person’s family is asked for their consent to allow organ donation to take place, to one where consent will be deemed unless the person has, while alive, registered a wish not to become an organ donor after death.
However, under the proposals an assurance is provided that there would be no instance whereby organ donation would proceed against the wishes of the next of kin of the deceased. The closing date for comments is 20 September 2013.
MPS lobbying work in Ireland
MPS undertakes lobbying work to represent your interests. MPS has been actively involved, along with other stakeholders, in the drafting stages of the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) (Medical Indemnity Insurance) Bill 2013.
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.
National standard for patient discharge summary
The Health Information and Quality Authority has published a National Standard for Patient Discharge Summary Information. It provides guidance on the specific information medical staff should include in a patient’s discharge summary to ensure a smooth transition between different primary and secondary care. For more information see www.hiqa.ie.