Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Department of Health
Health and Social Care Professionals
897. To ask the Minister for Health when the necessary statutory instrument will be put in place to enable the Medical Council to address the outstanding issues relating to the inclusion of medical consultants on the specialist register; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11723/21]
As the Deputy will be aware the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 is a large and complex Act which has been several years in development. It is important to state that the amendments being brought about by the Act involve a very significant body of work for each of the regulators, as changes are being introduced across complex areas such as registration and fitness to practice. I am pleased to confirm that commencement of the Act has begun, and while it is not currently possible to provide a specific timeline for the commencement of the remaining sections related to the registration of medical practitioners, these are actively being progressed by my Department in conjunction with the Council.