Medical Practitioners Act 2007

20.

Committees of Council.

20.— (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (13), the Council may establish committees of the Council to perform any functions that, in the opinion of the Council, may be better or more conveniently performed by a committee and that are assigned by the Council to a committee.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Council shall establish—

( a) a committee, to be known as the Preliminary Proceedings Committee, to give initial consideration to complaints, and

( b) a committee, to be known as the Fitness to Practise Committee, to inquire into complaints,

to perform the functions under Parts 7, 8 and 9 that are respectively assigned to the committees.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Council may establish a committee, to be known as the Education and Training Committee, to perform such of the Council’s functions under Part 10 or section 106 as are assigned by the Council to the Committee.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Council may establish a committee, to be known as the Health Committee, to perform such functions as are specified by the Council in support of—

( a) medical practitioners with relevant medical disabilities, and

( b) medical practitioners who have given consents under section 67(1)(c) .

(5) Subject to subsections (7) and (8), a committee may include in its membership persons who are not members of the Council.

(6) The chairperson of a section 20(2) committee shall be a member of the Council other than the President or Vice-President of the Council.

(7) No person shall be a member of more than one section 20(2) committee.

(8) At least one third of the members of a section 20(2) committee, including the chairperson, shall be members of the Council.

(9) Subject to subsection (10), at least one third of the membership of the Fitness to Practise Committee shall consist of medical practitioners.

(10) The majority of the membership of the Fitness to Practise Committee shall consist of persons who are not medical practitioners.

(11) The majority of the membership of a committee (except the Fitness to Practise Committee) shall consist of medical practitioners.

(12) The acts of a committee (except a section 20(2) committee) shall be subject to confirmation by the Council unless the Council dispenses with the necessity for such confirmation.

(13) The Council may, subject to the provisions of this Act, regulate the procedure of a committee but, subject to any such regulation, the committee may regulate its own procedure.

(14) The members of a section 20(2) committee, in performing the functions under this Act respectively conferred on—

( a) the members in their capacity as such members, or

( b) the section 20(2) committee of which they are members,

shall have the same protection and immunity as a judge of the Court performing the functions of a judge.