The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is on the Register of Nominating Bodies for Seanad Éireann. RCPI is on the Cultural and Educational Panel and uses this position to advocate for the health of the nation. The Register of Nominating Bodies is published in the Irish Oifigiúil http://www.irisoifigiuil.ie/currentissues/Ir200318.pdf
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has a long tradition of advocating for the health of the nation. RCPI is, through its Faculties and Institute, Ireland’s largest postgraduate medical training body with more than 11,000 trainees, members, fellows and licentiates providing specialist patient care, mostly in hospitals across Ireland and around the world.
RCPI is a passionate advocate for public health issues such as vaccines, obesity and alcohol. Retaining doctors to work in the Irish health service is also a top priority as well as supporting the professional development and education of specialist doctors who continue to lead and deliver high quality patient care to men, women and children. Any candidates seeking support in a future election to Seanad Éireann must be aligned with our public health priorities.
Professor Mary HorganPresident, RCPI
Prolonged delays that occurred with the passage of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in the Seanad highlighted the dominance of commercial interests and the relatively modest voice of medical colleges and public health advocates. By adopting a direct role in the electoral process, RCPI hopes to play a more participative role in shaping future debates and as it continues to work with Oireachtas members in the Seanad, and the Dáil, to champion public health initiatives and policies.
Siobhán CreatonHead of Public Affairs and Advocacy, RCPI
RCPI includes six of the 13 postgraduate medical training bodies; Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Paediatrics, Faculty of Pathology, Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training. We also have two joint faculties - the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland with the College of Anesthetists of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) and the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine – a joint Faculty with RCSI. The college also provides lifelong learning and continuous professional development for members and allied healthcare professionals. RCPI leads 20 ground-breaking National Clinical Programmes in conjunction with the HSE that are helping to transform healthcare in Ireland and the College is also a passionate advocate to improve the health of the nation.
Before each General Election five panels are formed of candidates having knowledge and practical experience of the following interests and services respectively: