November 2015 | Samhain 2015

Mr Justice Quirke on the Role of Medical Experts

Sat, 14 November 15 20:28

In 2015, UCD Forensic & Legal Medicine celebrate 20 years of their Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality).  As part of this year’s programme, and the launch of a new Professional Certificate in Medico-legal Aspects of Healthcare, a number of distinguished guest speakers have been invited to participate in various aspects of the course.  This allows students, guests and staff to interact with one another and with members of the legal and medical professions thereby providing  a multidisciplinary opportunity to discuss complex medico-legal issues.

On 21st October, 2015, the school was privileged to welcome the Hon. Mr. Justice John Quirke, who took time from his busy schedule to discuss at length the topic of: “The Role of Medical Experts, reforms in medical negligence, the law and the Courts.” This was a timely and detailed discussion which was very topical in light of the very recent announcement by the Department of Health of a suite of reforms to deal with issues of patient safety and reforms to clinical negligence.

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Mr Justice John Quirke

Mr Justice John Quirke retired as a Judge of the High Court in February 2012 and is now President of the Law Reform Commission.  He was called to the Bar in 1974, the English Bar in 1981 and the Inner Bar in 1984. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1997. He was a member of the Board of the Judicial Studies Institute between 1999 and 2009 and represented the Irish Judiciary repeatedly in domestic and international judicial conferences and events. He was a member of the Board of the Courts Service between 2003 and 2009 and of the Committee for Court Practice and Procedure between 2002 and 2012. He chaired the Public Service Benchmarking Body, which reported (on public service pay), in 2002 and the Peatland’s Forum, which reported, (on disputed peat land issues), in 2012. As a Judge of the High Court he managed the Judicial Review list between 2003 and 2007 and the Personal Injuries list between 2007 and 2012. He chaired the Working Group on Medical Negligence which published its first report (on Periodic Payments for catastrophically injured litigants) in November 2010.

On the evening, Judge Quirke was joined by the current students of the Graduate Diploma, along with distinguished members of staff of the UCD School of Medicine, members of the legal profession, both barristers and solicitors and also various medical practitioners and health care professionals within and outside UCD.

After the lecture, course coordinator Mr Asim Sheikh, Barrister-at-Law and UCD Lecturer in Forensic & Legal Medicine facilitated an open discussion in which Judge Quirke engaged in a lengthy question-and-answer session. Some very useful suggestions and ideas were exchanged from leading legal and medical practitioners and academics, after which participants had a further opportunity to engage in conversation and exchange with Judge Quirke and other guests over teas and coffees.

In September 2015, the keynote speaker at the Diploma programme conferring was Dr Peter Lachman, Deputy Medical Director (Patient Safety) at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, who provided a thought-provoking reflection on the delivery of improved patient outcomes through an embedded culture of quality in healthcare.

UCD Forensic and Legal Medicine will be organising further guest lectures and master classes dealing with medico-legal issues in the near future.

Course Enquiries

Please visit the course hub to find out more about:

  • Professional Certificate in Medico-Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality)
  • MSc in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality)

Questions and enquiries should be directed to:

Ms Brid McCormack
UCD Forensic & Legal Medicine
UCD School of Medicine
T: + 353 1 716 6647