HC Deb 20 April 1978 vol 948 cc840-1
Mr. Moyle

I beg to move Amendment No. 16, in page 25, leave out lines 36 to 42 and insert— (2) If it appears to the General Council, having regard to his performance in a relevant employment, that a person registered under section 22 above does not in fact possess the appropriate knowledge and skill, the Council may, subject to subsection (3) below, if they think fit, direct that his name shall be erased from the register. (2A) In subsection (2) above, in relation to a person registered under section 22 above—

  1. (a) 'a relevant employment' means a particular employment or an employment of a description for the purposes of which he is or has been so registered; and
  2. (b) 'the appropriate knowledge and skill' means the knowledge and skill which was required in his case in pursuance of subsection (1)(e) of that section in connection with the application for registration under that section by virtue of which he is so registered.".

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this we may also discuss Amendment No. 18.

Mr. Moyle

These are drafting amendments designed to clarify the meaning of Clause 23. There is no intention of changing the discretion of the GMC to withdraw limited registration from a doctor if it subsequently appears that he does not have the requisite knowledge and skill for that registration. The safeguard of an appeal to a review board against withdrawal of registration is maintained. We think that the clause will be more elegantly worded if the amendments are accepted.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 17, in page 26, line 11 at end insert— (3A) Until the coming into operation of paragraph 8 of Schedule 4 of this Act, subsection (3) above shall have effect as if for any reference to that paragraph there were substituted a reference to section 36(2) of the Medical Act 1956.".

No. 18, in page 26, leave out lines 12 to 19.—[Mr. Moyle.]

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