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Two new appointments to Medical Council

21 Jan 2016

The Medical Council has recently welcomed two new non-medical members to the regulatory body for the period ending May 31, 2018.

Kingram House said the Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar appointed Thomas J O’Higgins as an ordinary member to the Council in October, while Fergus Clancy was appointed by nomination of the Independent Hospital Association of Ireland (IHAI).

Clancy is Executive Chairman of the Mater Private Group and O’Higgins is an expert business coach with years of experience in finance, accounting and HR.

The Council took the opportunity to thank previous lay members being replaced respectively by Clancy and O’Higgins; former IHAI CEO Catherine Whelan, who left the Association last summer, and UK Labour Party Councillor Sally Mulready, for their contribution over the previous two years.

A former adviser to the Department of Health and to most of Ireland’s major hospitals, particularly in matters of corporate and clinical governance, Clancy took over as CEO of the Mater Private in 2004. He has also been appointed Chairman of the IHAI, a position he held until 2012.

A former chairman and director of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and of Older and Bolder, O’Higgins was a director of Tallaght Hospital from 2011 to 2014. He was a commissioner of the Irish Human Rights Commission from 2001 to 2011.

From 1998 to 2014, O’Higgins was chairman and director at Concern Worldwide and its subsidiaries in the UK and US.

A senior audit partner at PwC Ireland, the largest professional audit, tax and advisory services firm in the country, from 1970 to 2000, and a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he has advised boards and directed governance and board reviews in public and private companies, hospitals, the State sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Also a member of the Irish Council of State who has many decades of work for the Irish community in Britain behind her, Mulready, who had been appointed by Dr Varadkar’s predecessor Dr James Reilly, does not live in Ireland and had the poorest attendance record at meetings of the Irish Medical Council, according to the regulator’s annual report for 2014.

Lloyd Mudiwa

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