Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (319)

John Brassil


319. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the provisions made to streamline the registration of doctors from the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with the national doctors training programme and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39311/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Medical Council is the body responsible for the regulation of registered medical practitioners in Ireland under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (the Act).   It has a statutory role in protecting the public by promoting the highest professional standards among medical practitioners practising in the State, and is responsible for setting the standards of medical education and training in Ireland. 

Section 7 of the Act sets out the functions of the Medical Council, one of which is to establish procedures and criteria for registration including the issue of certificates of registration and renewal of registration. The Council considers applications for registration in accordance with the provisions of the MPA and EU Directive 2005/36/EC (as amended). Under the provisions of the Act, eligibility for registration is based on the applicant's medical credentials rather than their citizenship.  As the Council is the body responsible for determining registration, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the Council for consideration and direct reply.

Requirements regarding residency are primarily a matter for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.