The European Union has rejected the Irish medical examining body’s request for a judicial review, calling the country’s medical examinees “non-legally competent” to practice examination in their own country.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected Ireland’s application to have the Court of Appeal overturn the countrys decision that medical examines are not “legally capable of practicing cross-examinations.”
Ireland’s medical examiner, Dr. Michael O’Sullivan, said in a statement that the ruling “does not affect the ability of Irish medical practitioners to practice in their countries of nationality.”
The decision by the Court’s five judges came after a three-month court battle over Ireland’s rules governing medical examinies, which include the requirement that they undergo a pre-qualification process.
“The Irish authorities have clearly failed to meet its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and are therefore not subject to judicial review,” the statement said.
“Furthermore, the European Court has concluded that Ireland is not a signatory to the Convention.”
The European Commission said in March that it had not received a request to reconsider Ireland’s decision to allow its medical examina- tioners to practice.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said last week that Ireland would be appealing against the Court decision.
“We are confident that we will prevail in our appeal,” he said.