Six week public consultation opens on latest review of Medical Council Guide

Ninth edition due of Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners

A six week public consultation has been launched today (June 23) as part of a review of the Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners.

The current edition of the ‘Guide’ was published in 2016 and amended in 2019.

The Guide was now due for review and, in preparation for the publication of the 9th edition, the public consultation was being held to obtain a broad range of feedback from individuals and organisations.

“The Guide focuses on the three pillars of professionalism – partnership, practice and performance, and this consultation and review of the Guide will help better inform the 9th edition of the Guide in supporting doctors in their practice while keeping the patient at the centre of their work,” said Medical Council CEO, Mr Leo Kearns.

Newly installed Medical Council President, Dr Suzanne Crowe, said “Professionalism is at the core of the patient doctor relationship and is absolutely fundamental for patient safety and the delivery of high-quality health care.

“The Guide sets out the principles of professional practice that all doctors registered with the Medical Council are expected to follow and adhere to, for the benefit of the patients they care for, themselves and their colleagues.”

The Council is seeking feedback from people working in the health services; registered medical practitioners, individuals and representative bodies, across the spectrum of career stages, practice settings and specialties.

They are inviting the views of individuals and organisations who have knowledge and experience related to medical ethics and professionalism, as well as those who are involved in the initial and ongoing education and training of medical practitioners. Feedback is also sought from health and associated services, both public and private.

Jantze Cotter, Director of Professional Competence, Ethics and Research added that they wanted to hear from the medical profession, key stakeholders and the public to ensure that the 9th edition of the Guide was as inclusive and resulted in guidance that supported doctors across their scope of practice.

The consultation, which opens today June 23 2021 and runs for a period of six weeks, closing on August 4 2021, is available on

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