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Medical Practitioners Act, 1978

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Number 4 of 1978


MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS ACT, 1978


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Commencement.

4.

Establishment day.

5.

Repeals.

PART II

The Medical Council

6.

Establishment of the Medical Council.

7.

Dissolution of Medical Registration Council.

8.

Seal of the Council.

9.

Membership of the Council.

10.

Appointment of persons to be members of Council.

11.

Election of members of the Council.

12.

First meeting of Council.

13.

Committees of the Council.

14.

Expenses of members of Council and committees.

15.

Removal of Council from office.

16.

The Registrar.

17.

Other officers and servants of the Council.

18.

Age limits.

19.

Membership of either House of Oireachtas by officer or servant of the Council.

21.

Accounts of the Council.

22.

Power of Council to borrow.

23.

Acceptance of gifts by Council.

24.

Expenses of Council and Minister.

25.

Fees.

PART III

Registration

26.

Establishment of the register.

27.

Persons entitled to be registered in the register.

28.

Provisional registration.

29.

Temporary registration.

30.

The Register of Medical Specialists.

31.

Persons entitled to be registered in the Register of Medical Specialists.

32.

Registration of additional degrees and diplomas.

33.

Application by registered medical practitioner to have his name removed from register.

34.

Correction of any register.

PART IV

Education and Training

CHAPTER 1

Functions of the Council

35.

Duties of Council in relation to education and training.

36.

Functions of the Council in relation to Directives adopted by the Council of the European Communities as to education and training.

37.

Primary qualifications.

38.

Training bodies and qualifications for the purposes of the Register of Medical Specialists.

CHAPTER 2

The Postgraduate Medical and Dental board

39.

Establishment of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board.

40.

Functions of the Board.

41.

Assignment to the Board of additional functions.

42.

Membership of the Board.

43.

Officers and servants of the Board.

44.

Application of Act to Board.

PART V

Fitness to Practise

45.

Inquiry by the Fitness to Practise Committee into the conduct of a registered medical practitioner.

46.

Erasure or suspension of registeration from register for professional misconduct, unfitness to practise or failure to pay retention fee.

47.

Attaching of conditions to retention on register.

48.

Powers of Council to advise, admonish, etc..

49.

Erasure from register of persons convicted of indictable offences.

50.

Continuance of existing inquiry.

51.

Application by Council for order suspending registration.

52.

Privilege in respect of certain matters.

53.

Erasure or suspension from and restoration to the Register of Medical Specialists.

54.

Notification to Minister of name erased or restored and of suspensions imposed and terminated.

55.

Restoration to register of name removed or termination of suspension for non-payment of retention fee.

PART VI

Miscellaneous

56.

Arrangements with persons to assist Council.

57.

Publication of registers.

58.

Construction of references to registered medical practitioner.

59.

Persons entitled to sign medical certificates.

60.

Prohibition of recovery of fees for medical services by unregistered persons.

61.

Offences and penalties in relation to the register.

62.

Functions in relation to Directives adopted by the Council of the European Communities.

63.

Assignment to the Council of additional functions.

64.

References in enactments etc. to Medical Registration Council.

65.

Regulations.

66.

Regulations regarding adaptations.

67.

Continuance in force of certain orders.

68.

Continuance in force of agreement.

69.

General advisory functions of the Council.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Enactments Repealed

SECOND SCHEDULE

Rules in relation to Membership and Meetings of Comhairle na nDochtuiri Leighis (The Medical Council).

THIRD SCHEDULE

Rules in relation to An Bord Miochaine agus Deidliachta Iarcheime (The Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board)

FOURTH SCHEDULE

Primary Qualifications

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Number 4 of 1978


MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS ACT, 1978


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE SETTING UP OF A COUNCIL TO BE KNOWN AS COMHAIRLE NA nDOCHTUIRI LEIGHIS OR THE MEDICAL COUNCIL WHICH SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE REGISTRATION AND CONTROL OF PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND THE PERSONS ENGAGED IN SUCH PRACTICE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE SETTING UP OF A BOARD TO BE KNOWN AS AN BORD MIOCHAINE AGUS DEIDLIACHTA IARCHEIME OR THE POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL AND DENTAL BOARD WHICH SHALL PROMOTE AND CO-ORDINATE POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE REPEAL OF THE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS ACTS, 1927 TO 1961, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED WITH THE MATTERS AFORESAID. [21st March, 1978]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: