Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Medical Practitioners Bill 2007: From the Seanad
These are technical amendments to correct cross references to other provisions of the Bill. Amendment No. 1 refers to provisions in the Bill where a medical practitioner's name may be removed from the register. An incorrect reference to section 55(6) was included. The reference should instead be to section 52(6).
Amendment No. 3 inserts an omitted cross reference to section 88(4)(a), in which the Medical Council is required to specify certain criteria in rules.
These are technical amendments to correct various references to articles, paragraphs and subparagraphs in Schedule 2 of the Bill. They merely ensure consistency with the normal drafting style of Irish legislation where reference is generally to paragraphs, subparagraphs and clauses of schedules to Bills.
As this is probably our last occasion to discuss health matters in the House, I wish to take the opportunity to acknowledge that being Minister for Health and Children is not an easy task. I disagreed on many occasions with the Minister but I wish her well and thank her for her contribution.
I am grateful to Deputy Gormley for his good wishes. However, we will be here tomorrow as we must make an order under the risk equalisation legislation which we passed some time ago.