Mary Harney, the Tanaiste and Minister for Health, intends to go ahead with plans to have a lay majority on the Irish Medical Council, despite opposition from a new doctors’ group.
A spokesman for Harney said that she would publish the heads of the long-awaited Medical Practitioners Bill next month.
It will introduce sweeping changes in the regulatory systems for doctors. Following consultation during the summer, the bill will be published in October.
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