Press Release

Minister Martin outlines details of the new Medical Practitioners Act

“Significant and wide-ranging amendments to the Medical Practitioners Act”

Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Health and Children, today (8 July), outlined details of the new Medical Practitioners Act. The Bill is designed to update provisions relating to the registration and regulation of medical practitioners by the Medical Council. Commenting Minister Martin said, “one of the key provisions of the new Bill will be a statement of purpose indicating that the Council’s primary role is the protection of the public”.

Commenting, Minister Martin said, “The draft Heads of Bill as agreed by Government prepare for significant and wide-ranging amendments to the Medical Practitioners Act. The Bill is designed to update provisions relating to the registration and regulation of medical practitioners by the Medical Council and will also deal with matters regarding investigations, and penalties in instances of complaint or non-compliance.”

“Under the Act it will be an offence to pretend to be a registered practitioner or to do any act proper only to a registered person. It will also be an offence to make a false declaration in order to obtain registration, or to use a certificate issued under the Act with intent to deceive”, Minister Martin added.

“The Medical Council Council will be able to investigate persons claiming to be Medical Practitioners and can seek an injunction to stop that person from engaging in these activities. The Bill will also allow for the appointment of additional persons who represent medical patients and the general public to be appointed to the Medical Council,” said Minister Martin.

Concluding, the Minister added that the draft Heads of Bill have now been presented to Cabinet and detailed drafting will proceed as a matter of priority, with the assistance of Parliamentary Counsel.