Irish Medical Council elects first ever woman President

The Irish Medical Council has elected its first woman President.

Dr Rita Doyle, who operates the Bray Family Practice in Wicklow, has been a GP for more than 30 years.

Dr Rita Doyle pictured today at the Medical Council, Kingram House, Dublin. Photo: Lensmen

She is also the first full-time GP to be elected President of the Medical Council

The Chairman of the Irish College of General Practitioners, Dr John Gillman, welcomed her election.

“As a General Practitioner Dr Rita Doyle brings a different perspective to the role; a career in general practice is reflective of the totality of patient care from infancy to end of life, the community and familial context, and brings a unique and privileged insight into the lives of patients.

“Dr Doyle’s elevation to President of the Medical Council demonstrates to younger colleagues that one can make a difference when one has pride and love for the profession, an openness to learning by doing and giving beyond the immediate clinical job and a willingness to get involved not just to comment."

The person and the profession is the richer from this,” said Dr Gillman.

“Her character, courage of conviction, sensitivity and fair-mindedness shall guide the Irish Medical Council through the challenges ahead and shall set the course for compassionate practical regulation.”

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