- In 2017, 22,649 doctors were on the register of medical practitioners compared to 21,795 in 2016. This is an increase of 4%.
- 58% of the medical workforce was male, whereas 42% was female. However, there was a slight increase in the number of female practitioners from 41% to 42% compared with the previous year.
- In 2017, for the first time, the number of registered medical practitioners on the Specialist Division surpassed that of practitioners on the General Division.
- There was a 4% increase in the number of visits to the Medical Council website and the volume of social media followers had doubled.
- Almost 1 in 5 complaints related to the issue of communication by doctors with patients.
- Significant complaints also included diagnosis (15%), clinical investigations and examinations (10%), treating patients with dignity (7%) and prescribing (7%).
- 3 doctors were struck off from the register of medical practitioners.
- There was however a drop in the number of registrants found guilty of Professional Misconduct and a slight increase in the number of undertakings pursuant to section 67 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007.
- Develop an effective and efficient register that is responsive to the changing needs of the public and the medical profession.
- Create a supportive learning environment to enable good professional practice.
- Maintain the confidence of the public and the profession in the Council’s processes by developing a proportionate and targeted approach to regulatory activities.
- Enhance patient safety through insightful research and greater engagement.
- Build an organisational culture that supports leadership and learning.
- Develop a sustainable and high-performing organisation.
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