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Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Professional Negligence Insurance) Bill


Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Professional Negligence Insurance) Bill

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A

Bill

To

Require the holding of professional negligence insurance as a condition of

registration to practise in medicine or dentistry.                                                                            

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

 1     Compulsory indemnity cover

     (1)    Within three months of this Act coming into force the Secretary of State shall

make provision by regulations to secure that all medical and dental

practitioners shall as a condition of registration to practise in medicine or

dentistry hold approved indemnity cover.

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     (2)    The regulations shall, in particular, make provision as to the consequences of a

failure to hold approved indemnity cover, including provision for securing

that a person—

           (a)           who seeks to practise as a medical or dental practitioner is not to be

added to any registration list unless he holds approved indemnity

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cover;

           (b)           practising medicine or dentistry without approved indemnity cover

shall be committing an offence for which the penalty shall be a fine of

up to £5,000 or 6 months’ imprisonment.

     (3)    The regulations shall specify the nature of indemnity cover.

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     (4)    Regulations under this section shall be made by statutory instrument which

shall be subject to approval by each House of Parliament.

 2     Short title and commencement

     (1)    This Act may be cited as the Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Professional

Negligence Insurance) Act 2003.

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     (2)    This Act shall come into force on the day on which it is passed.

 
Bill 111 53/2
 
 

 
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