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SCHEDULE 6E+W+S+N.I. Transitional and Saving Provisions

1Where any period of time specified in an enactment repealed by this Act is current at the commencement of this Act, this Act shall have effect as if the corresponding provision of this Act had been in force when that period began to run.E+W+S+N.I.

2Where, apart from this paragraph, anything done under or for the purposes of any enactment which is repealed by this Act would cease to have effect by virtue of that repeal it shall have effect as if it had been done under or for the purposes of the corresponding provision of this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

3Notwithstanding the repeal by this Act of section 57(3) of the 1956 Act, anything continued in force by that section shall continue in force following that repeal and so far as it could have been made, given or done under this Act shall have effect as if it had been so made, given or done.E+W+S

4The repeal of section 4 of the 1978 Act by this Act shall not affect the operation of [F1Article] 3 of the M1Irish Republic (Termination of 1927 Agreement) Order 1979 but after the commencement of this Act, except where the context otherwise requires, the references in [F1that Article] to provisions of the 1956 Act shall have effect as references to the corresponding provisions of this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

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5Nothing in the repeals made by this Act shall affect any registration or entry or note in a register which has effect by virtue of any enactment repealed by this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

6References in any enactment, instrument or other document passed or made before 23rd February 1951 to the General Council of Medical Education and Registration of the United Kingdom shall be construed as references to the General Council.E+W+S+N.I.

7References (however worded) to the general register kept for the purposes of the 1956 Act in any Act or instrument passed or made before 26th January 1979 shall be construed as references to the register of medical practitioners.E+W+S+N.I.

8The reference in section 31(8) of this Act to a person whose name has been erased from the register by virtue of section 30(5) of this Act shall include references to a person whose name has been erased from the register by virtue of section 3(5) of the M2Medical Act 1969, or section 41(7) of the 1956 Act or the corresponding enactment repealed by that Act.E+W+S+N.I.

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9A person who immediately before the commencement of section 11 of the Medical Act 1969 held an additional qualification within the meaning of section 8 of the 1956 Act as originally enacted shall, if registered under section 3 of this Act or on becoming so registered, be entitled to have the qualification registered; and if he is not registered under section 3 of this Act that qualification shall confer on him the same right to registration under that section as a primary United Kingdom qualification.E+W+S+N.I.

10Any reference to infamous conduct in any professional respect in any enactment passed, or in any instrument made, before 1st April 1970 shall, in so far as it relates to the conduct of medical practitioners, be construed as, or as including, a reference to serious professional misconduct.E+W+S+N.I.

11(1)In any enactment passed before 1st January 1979 the expression “legally qualified medical practitioner”, or “duly qualified medical practitioner”, or any expression importing a person recognised by law as a medical practitioner or member of the medical profession, shall, unless the contrary intention appears, be construed to mean a [F2registered medical practitioner].E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In any enactment passed before 1st January 1979 references (however expressed) to a person registered under the Medical Acts or as a medical practitioner shall, unless the contrary intention appears, be construed as references to a [F2registered medical practitioner].

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F2Words in Sch. 6 para. 11(1)(2) substituted by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/3135), art. 12(8) (with transitional provisions in Sch. 2) (the amendment coming into force in accordance with art. 1(2)(3) of the amending S.I.)

12Any direction given or order made under sections 32 to 38 of or Schedule 4 to the 1956 Act or section 15 or 16 of the M3Medical Act 1969 which had taken effect before 1st August 1980 and was in force immediately before that day shall, if it could be given or made under a provision of this Act have effect on and after that day as if given or made under that provision of this Act and sections 36, 38, 40 and 41 of this Act shall apply accordingly.E+W+S+N.I.

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13Any reference in any instrument to the Disciplinary Committee or to any provision repealed by section 6(4)(a) of the 1978 Act shall be construed as a reference to the Professional Conduct Committee or to the provision of this Act which corresponds to that repealed provision.E+W+S+N.I.

14M4Nothing in the transfer of functions which was effected by section 15(7) of the 1978 Act shall be taken to affect the validity of the Period of Employment as House Officers Regulations 1951 and any order approving those regulations may be varied or revoked as if the regulations had been made by the Education Committee.E+W+S+N.I.

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15In relation to any person who was provisionally registered under section 17 of the 1956 Act immediately before section 16 of the 1978 Act came into operation—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)section 15 of the 1956 Act shall continue to have effect as it had immediately before that date;

(b)section 10 of this Act shall not have effect; and

(c)the remaining provisions of this Act shall have effect as if references to or to the provisions of section 10 of this Act were references to or to the provisions of section 15 of the 1956 Act.

16The decisions within section 29(2) of this Act shall include those which were within subsection (2) of section 28 of the 1978 Act immediately before the commencement of this Act other than those to which subsection (3) of that section applied.E+W+S+N.I.

17Section 41 of this Act applies to a person whose name has been erased from the register under section 33 of the 1956 Act or any corresponding enactment repealed by that Act as it applies to a person whose name is erased under section 36 of this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

18Until provision is made with respect to proceedings before the Professional Conduct Committee under section 44 of this Act, rules made or having effect as if made under section 40(4) of this Act or paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to this Act, so far as relating to proof of criminal convictions, shall be applied with any necessary modifications to proof of a disqualifying decision.E+W+S+N.I.

19Section 53 of this Act shall apply to a copy of any document to which section 51 of the 1956 Act applied immediately before the commencement of this Act as if such documents were mentioned in subsection (2) of that section.E+W+S+N.I.

20(1)A person registered under section 23 of the 1956 Act shall be deemed to be provisionally registered within the meaning of this Act and the definitions in section 55 of this Act of “provisionally registered” and “a fully registered person” shall have effect accordingly.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Without prejudice to sub-paragraph (1) above—

(a)sections 30(1)(a) and (b) and 31(4) of this Act shall have effect as if after the words “section 15 above” there were inserted the words “or section 23 of the Medical Act 1956”;

(b)section 34(4) of this Act shall have effect as if there were inserted at the end the words “or section 23 of the Medical Act 1956”; and

(c)section 41(3) of this Act shall apply to a person who was provisionally registered under section 23 of the 1956 Act as it applies to a person provisionally registered under section 21 of this Act.

21The re-enactment in paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 1 to this Act of section 1(5) of the 1978 Act shall not oblige the General Council to make a new electoral scheme any earlier than they would otherwise have done so.E+W+S+N.I.

22Nothing in this Act shall affect the validity of the standing orders of the General Council in force immediately before 27th September 1979 and those orders shall have effect as if made under paragraph 15 of Schedule 1 to this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

23(1)Nothing in this Act shall affect the registration of any person under section 22 of the 1978 Act by virtue of paragraph 4 of Schedule 5 to that Act and any such registration shall have effect as if made under section 22 of this Act, but in the case of a person so registered—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)subsection (3) of section 22 shall not apply, and

(b)subsections (5) to (8) of that section shall apply with the omission in subsection (5) of the reference to the permitted period and of the reference to section 24(1) of this Act.

(2)Where a person who is or has been registered with limited registration for a period by virtue of paragraph 4 of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act applies under section 22 of this Act to be so registered for a further period, the following provisions of that section shall not apply, namely, subsection (3) and, in subsection (5), the reference to the permitted period and to section 24(1) of this Act.

(3)In relation to persons to whom Part I of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act applied who are registered with limited registration, this Act shall have effect as if in paragraphs 2(4) and (5) and 3(2) of Schedule 1 for the words “so registered” there were substituted the words “temporarily registered or registered with limited registration”.

(4)Where immediately before the commencement of this Act any person was treated by virtue of paragraph 7 of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act (pending applications under section 26 of the 1956 Act) as having applied to be registered under section 22 of the 1978 Act he shall after the commencement of this Act be treated as having applied to be registered under section 22 of this Act and as having satisfied the Registrar of the matters specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1) of that section.

(5)Section 29 of this Act shall have effect as if a refusal to direct that a person be registered with limited registration under section 22 of the 1978 Act or section 22 of this Act by virtue of paragraph 4 of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act were a decision falling within subsection (2) of that section.

24(1)Where immediately before the commencement of this Act paragraph 9 of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act applied to a person, after the commencement of this Act—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)he shall be treated as having been registered under section 19 of this Act as a fully registered medical practitioner; and

(b)any qualifications of his registered under section 18 of the 1956 Act shall be treated as having been registered under section 26 of this Act as if they were recognised overseas qualifications.

(2)Sections 22 and 23 of the 1956 Act shall, notwithstanding their repeal by the 1978 Act, continue to have effect in relation to persons who were registered under section 23 immediately before the repeal; and a person who was so registered shall, on satisfying the General Council of the matters specified in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of section 22(2) of the 1956 Act, be entitled to be registered under section 19 of this Act as a fully registered medical practitioner and to have registered under section 26 of this Act as if they were recognised overseas qualifications any qualifications which he would have been entitled to have had registered under section 18 of the 1956 Act.

(3)Where immediately before the commencement of this Act paragraph 11(b) of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act applied to any person he shall be treated for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) above as having been registered under section 23 of the 1956 Act immediately before its repeal.

(4)Where immediately before the commencement of this Act paragraph 12 of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act applied to any person, he shall be entitled to be registered under section 19 of this Act as a fully registered medical practitioner and to have registered under section 26 of this Act as if they were recognised overseas qualifications any qualifications which he would have been entitled to have registered by virtue of that paragraph.

(5)Any person who immediately before the commencement of this Act was treated by virtue of paragraph 13 of Schedule 5 to the 1978 Act as registered under section 18 of that Act shall after the commencement of this Act be treated as registered under section 19 of this Act as a fully registered medical practitioner.

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