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3.—(1) The National Health Service (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations 1996(1) are amended as follows.
(2) In regulation 2 (interpretation), for the definition of “accredited as a consultant” substitute—
““accredited as a consultant” means, in relation to a person, that the person’s name is included in the Specialist Register kept by the General Medical Council pursuant to section 34D of the Medical Act 1983 where that person has either been appointed as a consultant by an Armed Services Consultant Appointment Board or appointed to a consultant post with an Authority;”.
(3) Regulation 4 (registration requirements) shall be renumbered regulation 4(1) and—
(a)in the renumbered regulation 4(1), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—
“(b)in the case of an appointment of a registered medical practitioner, their name is, subject to paragraph (2), included in the Specialist Register kept by the General Medical Council pursuant to section 34D of the Medical Act 1983.”;
(b)after the renumbered regulation 4(1) add—
“(2) Paragraph (1)(b) does not apply to any person who held a post as a consultant in oral and maxillo-facial surgery on the staff of an Authority in England immediately before 1st January 1997.”.
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