Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act
Act 15 of 1994
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act.
In this Act—"Chairman" means the Chairman of the Council referred to in the Schedule;"Council" means the Council established under section 3;"member" means a member of the Council;"Register" means the Register of medical practitioners and dentists or any part thereof referred to in section 5;"registered" means registered under this Act;"Registrar" means the person appointed as such under paragraph 3 of the Schedule.
Part II – Medical and Dental Council
3. Establishment of the Seychelles Medical and Dental Council
(1)There is established as a body corporate the Seychelles Medical and Dental Council.(2)The Schedule shall have effect with respect to the Council.
4. Functions of Council
(1)The functions of the Council are—
(a)to monitor the competence and regulate the performance of persons exercising the profession of medical practitioners and dentists in Seychelles for the purpose of promoting and upholding the highest possible standard of medical and dental practices in Seychelles;(b)to cause to be kept, subject to this Act, a register of medical practitioners and dentists practising in Seychelles;(c)to investigate allegations of serious professional misconduct and malpractice and take appropriate action in respect thereof.(2)The Council or any member of the Council shall not be liable for any act or default done or made by the Council or any member of the Council in good faith in the performance of its functions under this Act.
Part III – Register
5. Register of medical practitioners and dentists
(1)The Council shall cause to be kept by the Registrar a register of medical practitioners and dentists practising in Seychelles.(2)The Register shall contain in respect of each medical practitioner or dentist, the following—
(a)the full name and residential address;(b)the address where the medical practitioner or dentist practises;(c)the particulars of qualifications, training and specialization, if any;(d)the period of registration;(e)any remark and endorsement;(f)any other matter which the Council may from time to time decide to include in the Register.(3)The Register shall be kept in the custody of the Registrar and shall, on application by a member of the Council, a registered medical practitioner or dentist, an officer of the Ministry or department of the Government responsible for health, a person authorised under a written law or an order of the Court or, with the permission of the Council or Registrar, any other person, be open to inspection free of charge during normal working hours.(4)Subject to subsection (5), the Council shall cause a list of medical practitioners and dentists whose names remain on the Register on the 31st December in each year to be published in the Gazette as soon as possible, but in any event not later than 45 days, after that date.(5)A medical practitioner or dentist who has been suspended from practising as such by the Council pursuant to an order under section 10 shall not, so long as the order remains in force, be included in the list.(6)In any proceedings under this Act or any other written law, a copy of the Gazette containing the list of medical practitioners and dentists published under subsection (4) shall be evidence that—
(a)a person included in the list was registered as a medical practitioner or dentist, as the case may be;(b)a person not included in the list was not registered as a medical practitioners or dentist, as the case may be,
during the period beginning on the 1st January and ending on the 31st December of the year immediately preceding the year in which the publication was made.(7)In any proceedings under this Act or any other written law, a certificate purporting to be signed by the Registrar certifying that a person is or is not registered as a medical practitioner or dentist under this Act shall, without proof of the signature of the Registrar, be prima facie evidence of the facts stated in the certificate.
6. Correction of Register
(1)The Registrar may amend the Register—
(a)as to the addresses or other relevant particulars relating to a person whose name appears in the Register on being satisfied that the amendment is necessary for preserving the accuracy of the Register;(b)by inserting or removing therefrom, upon the direction of the Council or the Court, the name of or any relevant particular relating to a medical practitioner or dentist;(c)for the purpose of complying with this Act.(2)Without prejudice to its power under section 10, the Council may direct that there be removed from the Register the name of a person who—
(a)requests the removal in writing addressed to the Council;(c)is continuously absent from Seychelles for a period of more than six months and has not given notice to the Council of intention to return.
7. Qualification for registration
Subject to this Act, a person is qualified to be registered under this Act upon the Council being satisfied that the person—
(a)is of good character; and(b)in the case of an application, other than a renewal—
(i)is registered under the law of any foreign country as a medical practitioner or dentist, as the case may be, and that the qualification and training for a person to be so registered in that country is of a standard which would not undermine the function of the Council in promoting and upholding the highest possible standard of medical and dental practice in Seychelles if that person were registered under this Act; or(ii)has a degree in medicine or dentistry of a level and from an institution which the Council considers of a standard that would not undermine the function of the Council in promoting and upholding the highest possible standard of medical or dental practice in Seychelles and served and completed to the satisfaction of the Council a period of houseman ship of at least one year at the Victoria Hospital; and(iii)has not been or is not the subject of such disciplinary or other proceedings in connection with that person's practice as a medical practitioner or dentist, as the case may be, so as to undermine the function of the Council of promoting and upholding the highest possible standard of medical and dental practice in Seychelles if that person were registered under this Act;(c)in the case of a renewal, was registered under this Act immediately before the making of the application; or(d)in the case of a first registration under this Act, was, immediately before the repeal of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act, registered as a medical practitioner or dentist under that Act.
(1)An application for registration as a medical practitioner or dentist shall be made in the prescribed form to the Council.(2)Where the Council is satisfied that an applicant under subsection (1) is qualified under section 7, the Council shall, upon the applicant paying the prescribed fee, cause the person to be registered under this Act—
(a)for a period of not more than six months; or(b)for a period of 24 months,
in accordance with the application of the person.(3)The Council shall, where it is not satisfied that the applicant is qualified as provided under section 7, refuse registration under the Act and notify the applicant accordingly giving its reasons therefor in writing.(4)The Council shall not consider a second application made by a person whose application the Council has refused if the application is made within 6 months from the date of the refusal.
8A. Provisional registration
(1)Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7(b) (ii), the Council may cause a person serving a period of housemanship to be registered under this Act for the purpose, and during the period of housemanship.(2)Sections 8 and 9 shall mutatis mutandis apply to and in respect of a registration under this section.
(1)Upon registration of a person under section 8, the Registrar shall issue to that person a certificate of registration in the prescribed form.(2)Where a certificate of registration issued under subsection (1) is lost or destroyed, the Registrar, upon being satisfied of the loss or destruction shall, upon payment of the prescribed fee, if any, issue a certificate of registration with the word "duplicate" marked at the top left hand corner of the certificate.(3)A person whose name has been removed from the Register by an order the Council under section 6(2)(a) and (c) and section 10 shall—
(a)where the person is in Seychelles at the time, forthwith;(b)where the person is out of Seychelles, forthwith upon returning to Seychelles,
return to the Registrar the certificate of registration.
10. Disciplinary powers of the Council
(1)Where, after an inquiry in accordance with regulations made under this Act, the Council is satisfied—
(a)that a registered medical practitioner or dentist—
(i)has been convicted of an offence punishable with imprisonment under this Act or any other written law;(ii)has been guilty of serious professional misconduct or malpractice;(iii)has obtained registration by misrepresentation or fraud;(iv)was not, at the time of registration, qualified to be registered; or(b)that any particular entered in the Register in respect of a medical practitioner or dentist is false or misleading,
the Council may—(2)A medical practitioner or dentist whose name is removed from the Register or whose name, prior to the commencement of this Act, was removed from the register kept under the repealed Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act in accordance with that Act may apply to the Council under section 8 for registration.
A.order that the name of the medical practitioner or dentist or other relevant particulars in respect of the practitioner or dentist in the Register be removed or corrected;B.order that the medical practitioner or dentist be suspended from practising as such for an initial period not exceeding 12 months and such further periods which shall not exceed in aggregate 12 months as the Council may think fit and an endorsement be made to that effect in the Register;C.caution or reprimand the medical practitioner or dentist,D.require the medical practitioner or dentist to pay, notwithstanding any other penalty provided under this Act, a penalty of not more than R1000 to the Council;E.take such other disciplinary measures as may be prescribed.
(1)Where the Council refuses to register a person on an application under section 8 or makes an order in respect of or takes any other course of action against a person under section 10(1), the person may, within 14 days after the date of notice of the decision of the Council, appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Council.(2)The Chief Justice may make rules of the Supreme Court for the purpose of an appeal under this section.
Part IV – Funds and property
12. Funds and property of the Council
(1)The Funds and property of the Council shall consist of—
(a)money appropriated by an Appropriation Act and paid to the Council;(b)money paid to the Council by way of prescribed fees or as penalty under section 10;(c)money paid to the Council by way of grant, donation or loan;(d)money raised by the Council,(e)any other money and property lawfully received by the Council for the purposes of the Council.(2)The Council shall keep proper accounts and records of all financial and related matters and shall prepare, in respect of each financial year, a statement of accounts.(3)The accounts of the Council shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the Council.(4)As soon as the accounts and statement of accounts of the Council in respect of a financial year have been audited pursuant to subsection (3) the Council shall send to the Minister a copy of the statement together with a copy of any report made by the auditor on the statement or the accounts.(5)The financial year of the Council shall be a period of 12 months ending on the 31st December of any year but the first financial year of the Council shall end on the 31st December next following the date of commencement of this Act.
Part V – Miscellaneous
A person who—
(a)not being a registered medical practitioner or dentist, purports to act as such or makes any representation to this effect;(b)is registered as a medical practitioner or dentist and who uses any professional qualification, title or other description which is not otherwise entered in the Register in respect of that person for the purpose of describing the professional qualification or title the person has or the type of professional specialization the person offers;(c)knowingly makes a false or misleading statement or claim or wilfully falsifies any certificate or document for the purpose of obtaining registration as a medical practitioner or dentist,(d)with intent to deceive, uses any certificate issued under this Act or the repealed Medical Practitioners and Dentist Act;(f)fails to comply with paragraph 4(7) of the Schedule;(g)fails to comply with any regulations under this Act,
is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of R25,000 and to imprisonment for 3 years
The Minister may, after consultation with the Council, make regulations for carrying into effect the provisions and purposes of this Act and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, may make regulations—
(a)prescribing anything which is required to be prescribed under this Act;(b)prescribing fees and charges in respect of any matter done under this Act;(c)prescribing the procedure to be followed in relation to any inquiry under section 10;(d)amending the Schedule.
15. Repeal of Cap. 189
(1)Subject to subsection (2), the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act is hereby repealed.(2)Notwithstanding the repeal of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act, a person who immediately before the repeal of that Act was registered as a medical practitioner or dentist under that Act shall be deemed for a period of 6 months from the date of the commencement of this Act or until that person is registered under this Act, if it occurs before the end of that period, to be registered as medical practitioner or dentist under this Act.