You can use your existing Medical Independent, MediLearning or PharmacistCPD account to log in.


Medicalindependent.ie is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.


The benefits of registering: only registered users:
  • receive the ecCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • have automatic access to our free CPD sites.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.

Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

Download the new Mindo app for both IOS & Android.

  • Get notified when a story goes live
  • Access Premium Content
  • Read Offline
 
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public"]

You are reading 1 of 2 free-access articles allowed for 30 days

ICGP board to commission abortion report

By Dermot - 15th May 2019 | 2 views

The ICGP’s AGM has voted in favour of the College board commissioning a report into how the ICGP “dealt with” issues raised by members regarding the Eighth Amendment referendum and subsequent legislation.

This report should include how ICGP members’ concerns were ascertained in advance of representations to Oireachtas groups, including the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, according to the motion submitted by the Wexford Faculty.

Additionally, the report should include recommendations on how any identified pitfalls and negative outcomes can be avoided if a similar situation arises in the future.

Proposing the motion on behalf of the Faculty, Wexford GP Dr Catherine O’Donoghue said it had been “a particularly challenging time” in the College.

“I do think there were certain aspects of how we carried out our business as a College in the last 18 months that we need to examine, to try to avoid that should it arise again. Particularly if discussions come up on euthanasia, medically-assisted dying, and we are sought by the Oireachtas to make representations on that.”

Carlow GP Dr Pascal O’Dea said the review should also encompass the College’s presentation to the Citizens Assembly.

Dublin GP Dr Mark Murphy told the meeting a report “could be really welcome for members who are sceptical and distrustful”.

Dr Murphy said he had been involved in communications/policy work with the College and that requests for a number of reports were received with a short turnaround time.

He said College policy was constructed at AGMs and the clear position was “we were split on abortion”.  Dr Murphy said  “there was a spectrum of opinion” within the College.

In terms of the request from the Citizens’ Assembly, Dr Murphy said the College had a guideline by the women’s health programme on managing crisis pregnancy — “that was the report [submitted]… The same report went in a year later, December 2017 [to the Oireachtas committee] and it is as simple that”.

“The ICGP were decidedly nothing on this issue [in terms of its position on abortion], and I had an issue with that because I have a personal opinion. And I removed myself from the process as soon as the referendum started. There is nothing to hide but I know there is a scepticism and a cynicism, and I would welcome a report to shine that type of transparency that you want. I think it would be really good.”

Meath GP Dr Niall Maguire said the College needed to develop “a more flexible, responsive, emergency method” for consulting with membership.

Dublin GP Dr Ann Phelan said the College had the “right to say no to the Oireachtas committee if we are under pressure and don’t have enough time to consult with enough people to get a representative view”. She said the “intentional taking of the life of the unborn is a crucial ethical issue”.

Leave a Reply

[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]
Latest Issue
The Medical Independent – 24 June 2021

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

[the_ad_placement id="main-mpu-public"]
Most Read
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]