Thursday, 18 June 1987
Dáil Eireann Debate
Miss Flaherty: asked the Minister for Education if she has satisfied herself that medical schools are giving sufficient time to legal medical matters in their courses and that Irish doctors are adequately trained in the legislation which is of relevance in their practice, especially in relation to drugs and certification; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Education (Mrs. O'Rourke): The content of medical school courses is primarily a matter for the authorities of the bodies which award medical qualifications in this country. The Medical Council is required under section 35 of the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978, to satisfy itself as to the suitability of the medical education and training being provided and the council is so satisfied about existing courses.
I understand that all registered medical practitioners are from time to time circularised about the issuing of prescriptions in accordance with the provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Acts, 1977 to 1984.
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