Consultation on Medical Council policy
The Medical Council is seeking feedback on its proposed Policy on publication of orders and directions, otherwise known as a ‘naming policy’.
The new policy outlines how the Council may publish the name of a doctor and the details of an order or direction made about that doctor under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA).
The need for the Council to develop this policy results from an amendment made by Parliament to the HPCAA earlier this year. The amendment requires Council and other authorities operating under the Act to publish a naming policy.
The policy is required to set out the principles and considerations that Council must take into account when considering whether to publish an order or direction and to name the doctor concerned.