Discipline of Hospital Practitioners Bill - continued        House of Commons

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Regulations.     4. - (1) The Secretary of State may make make regulations governing the procedures to be followed by NHS trusts for the investigation of complaints made against practitioners and for the taking of disciplinary action against practitioners.
 
      (2) Regulations under this section may-
 
 
    (a) prescribe which complaints or classes of complaint should be considered by an investigatory panel under section 2;
 
    (b) prescribe the procedures for establishing an investigatory panel under section 2, including the appointment of members of such a panel;
 
    (c) prescribe those disciplinary actions which may be considered as alternatives to suspension in accordance with section 2(4);
 
    (d) require consideration by investigatory panels of complaints against practitioners to be completed without unreasonable delay;
 
    (e) require investigatory panels to make regular reports to the appropriate Chief Executive on the progress of their consideration of complaints against practitioners;
 
    (f) make provision for procedure in relation to determining appeals;
 
    (g) provide for the functions of the Chief Executive under section 2 to be carried out, or to be carried out in prescribed circumstances, by a deputy;
 
    (h) contain such guidance or make such other provision as the Secretary of State may decide.
      (3) Regulations under this section shall be made by statutory instrument, which shall be laid before Parliament and subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House.
 
Interpretation.     5. In this Act-
 
 
    "disciplinary action" means action taken against a practitioner against whom a complaint has been shown to be well founded;
 
    "practitioner" means a registered person within the meaning of the Medical Act 1983.
Short title, commencement and extent.     6. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Discipline of Hospital Medical Practitioners Act 2000.
 
      (2) This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
 
      (3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.
 
 
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