Policy responses and statements
Background: This consultation paper requested comments on a draft order. The changes proposed in the draft order would implement 2 of the reforms set out in the White Paper: Trust Assurance and Safety. The draft order also provides an additional route to the Specialist Register for NHS consultants. All amendments relate to the functions of the General Medical Council.
Reforms proposed by this Order -
The draft order will cover 3 reforms:
i) Education Committee
The transfer of the statutory functions of oversight of medical education from the Education Committee of the GMC to the Council of the GMC with amendments to the Medical Act 1983 to give effect to that transfer.
ii) Licence to Practise and Revalidation
The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002 put in Part 3A of the Medical Act 1983. However, Part 3A of the Medical Act 1983 has not yet been fully brought into force. Part 3A provides for the GMC to make regulations for the issue and withdrawal of licences to practise and for the revalidation of medical practitioners. This Section 60 Order would amend provisions relating to revalidation in the Medical Act 1983 to put in place a legislative framework that will support the commencement of revalidation, including the early piloting of the revalidation process. The provisions relating to licenses to practise will then be commenced allowing the GMC to begin to issue such licences and enabling revalidation pilots to commence.
iii) Specialist Register
Amendments to The General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003 to allow the GMC to provide a mechanism to enable senior consultants who did not apply for inclusion in the Specialist Register at the time it was established to make a late application to the GMC. This will reinstate the powers the GMC previously had prior to September 2005.
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[5 May 2008]