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(1)This section applies where, under section 20, the Investigating Committee is investigating an allegation against a registered osteopath.
(2)If the Committee is satisfied that it is necessary to do so in order to protect members of the public, it may order the Registrar to suspend the osteopath’s registration.
(3)The order shall specify the period of the suspension, which shall not exceed two months beginning with the date on which the order is made.
(4)The Committee shall not—
(a)make an order in any case after it has referred the allegation in question to the Professional Conduct Committee or the Health Committee; or
(b)make more than one order in respect of the same allegation.
(5)Before making an order, the Investigating Committee shall give the osteopath concerned an opportunity to appear before it and to argue his case against the making of the proposed order.
(6)At any such hearing the osteopath shall be entitled to be legally represented.
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