§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps Her Majesty's Government are proposing to take to implement the EEC medical directives; and, in particular, what body the Government intend to recognise as the competent authority for the issue of certificates of completion of specialist training.356W
§ Mrs. Castle
The medical directives must be implemented by 19th December this year, and the Government are consulting the bodies principally concerned about the content of an Order-in-Council which it is proposed to make under Section 2(2) of the European Communities Act in order to effect the necessary amendments to the Medical Acts.
As recommended by the Merrison Committee on the regulation of the medical profession, the Government are proposing that the General Medical Council should be recognised as the competent authority for the issue of certificates of completion of specialist training.
A copy of the consultative document incorporating the Government's present proposals for the implementation of the directives has been placed in the Library.