Medical Practitioners Bill 2007: From the Seanad.

The Dáil went into Committee to consider amendments from the Seanad.

Amendments Nos. 1 and 3 are related and will be discussed together.

Seanad amendment No. 1:

Section 2: In page 12, line 42, to delete ", 55(1) or (6)” and substitute “or (6), 55(1)”.

These are technical amendments to correct cross references to other provisions of the Bill. Amendment No. 1 refers to provisions in the Bill where a medical practitioner's name may be removed from the register. An incorrect reference to section 55(6) was included. The reference should instead be to section 52(6).

Amendment No. 3 inserts an omitted cross reference to section 88(4)(a), in which the Medical Council is required to specify certain criteria in rules.

Notice taken that 20 Members were not present; House counted and 20 Members being present,

Seanad amendment agreed to.

Seanad amendments Nos. 2, 4 and 6 to 8, inclusive, are related and will be discussed together.

Seanad amendment No. 2:

Section 2: In page 13, line 1, after "section 52(5)”, “, 80 or 81(2)” inserted.

These are technical amendments to correct cross-references.

Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 3:
Section 11: In page 20, subsection (2)(u), line 14, after “88(3)(a)”, “or (4)(a)” inserted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 4:
Section 12: In page 21, subsection (1), line 42, "(9)” deleted and “(8)” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.

Seanad amendments Nos. 5 and 10 to 14, inclusive, are related and will be discussed together.

Seanad amendment No. 5:

Section 44: In page 44, subsection (4)(i), line 49, “speciality other than the medical speciality” deleted and “specialty other than the medical specialty” substituted.

These are technical amendments to correct minor typographical errors in which the word "specialty" was incorrectly spelled in certain provisions.

Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 6:
Section 65: In page 61, subsection (1), line 14, "63(1)(b) or (2)” deleted and “63” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 7:
Section 66: In page 62, subsection (3), line 8, "section 12” deleted and “section 11” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 8:
Section 86: In page 72, subsection (3)(c), line 38, “(4)(b)” deleted and “(4)(a)” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.

Seanad amendments Nos. 9, 16 and 26 are related and will be discussed together.

Seanad amendment No. 9:

Section 86: In page 72, subsection (3)(e), line 46, “of” deleted and “on” substituted.

These technical amendments correct minor typographical errors in the text of the Bill.

Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 10:
Section 89: In page 77, subsection (2), line 31, "speciality" deleted and "specialty" substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 11:
Section 89: In page 77, subsection (3)(b), line 46, “speciality” deleted and “specialty” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 12:
Section 89: In page 78, subsection (5), line 1, "specialities" deleted and "specialties" substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 13:
Section 89: In page 78, subsection (5), line 2, "specialities" deleted and "specialties" substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 14:
Section 89: In page 78, subsection (7)(a), line 15, “speciality” deleted and “specialty” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 15:
Section 89: In page 78, subsection (7)(a)(ii), line 20, “speciality” deleted and “specialty” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 16:
Section 103: In page 84, subsection (2), line 46, "this" deleted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.

Seanad amendments Nos. 17 to 25, inclusive, and 27 to 29, inclusive, are related and will be discussed together.

Seanad amendment No. 17:

Schedule 2: In page 89, paragraph 2, line 33, "Article" deleted and "paragraph" substituted.

These are technical amendments to correct various references to articles, paragraphs and subparagraphs in Schedule 2 of the Bill. They merely ensure consistency with the normal drafting style of Irish legislation where reference is generally to paragraphs, subparagraphs and clauses of schedules to Bills.

Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 18:
Schedule 2: In page 89, paragraph 3, line 35, "Article 4” deleted and “paragraph 4” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 19:
Schedule 2: In page 89, paragraph 3, line 38, "Article 12” deleted and “paragraph 12” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 20:
Schedule 2: In page 89, paragraph 4, line 41, "Article 3” deleted and “paragraph 3” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 21:
Schedule 2: In page 90, paragraph 4(a)(i), line 4, “Article 12” deleted and “paragraph 12” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 22:
Schedule 2: In page 90, paragraph 4(b)(i), line 13, “Article 12” deleted and “paragraph 12” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 23:
Schedule 2: In page 90, paragraph 4(b)(iii), line 20, “Article 12” deleted and “paragraph 12” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 24:
Schedule 2: In page 90, paragraph 4(c), line 22, “paragraph (b)” deleted and “subparagraph (b)” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 25:
Schedule 2: In page 90, paragraph 4(c), lines 23 and 24, “subparagraph (iii) of that paragraph” deleted and “clause (iii) of that subparagraph” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 26:
Schedule 2: In page 90, paragraph 7(1), line 38, "Minster" deleted and "Minister" substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 27:
Schedule 2: In page 91, paragraph 12, line 23, "Article 10” deleted and “paragraph 10” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 28:
Schedule 2: In page 91, paragraph 13(2)(b), line 38, “Article” deleted and “paragraph” substituted.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 29:
Schedule 2: In page 93, paragraph 21, line 8, "Articles 8” deleted and “paragraphs 8” substituted.

As this is probably our last occasion to discuss health matters in the House, I wish to take the opportunity to acknowledge that being Minister for Health and Children is not an easy task. I disagreed on many occasions with the Minister but I wish her well and thank her for her contribution.

I am grateful to Deputy Gormley for his good wishes. However, we will be here tomorrow as we must make an order under the risk equalisation legislation which we passed some time ago.

Will we be here tomorrow?

I expect to be here tomorrow. Otherwise no money will transfer this year.

We will be here.

If we are not here tomorrow I must wish Deputies Gormley, Twomey and McManus well and thank them for their co-operation.

Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendments reported.

A message will be sent to Seanad Éireann acquainting it accordingly.