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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1591


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   How many applications for recognition al a specialist- medical practitioner have been (a) received and (b) granted by the Specialists Recognition Advisory Committee in each State.

(2)   How many appeals against refusal 'of recognition as a specialist medical practitioner have been (a) received and (b) upheld by the Specialists Recognition Advisory Committee in each State.


Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Specialist Recognition Advisory Committees and the Specialist Recognition Appeal Committee were established following the enactment of the National Health Act 1970 which received the Royal Assent on 24 June 1970. In order to expedite the payment of appropriate medical benefits for services provided by specialists and consultant physicians from 1 July 1970, special action was taken, by authority of section 29D(7) of the National Health Act to recognise a number of medical practitioners as specialists or as consultant physicians for the purposes of the National Health Act during the period of some weeks after 24 June 1970 until the Committees were established. The number of specialists and consultant physicians recognised as at 30 June 1971 for the purposes of the Act, including those recognised by special action during the short period referred to, were:

 

The numbers of applications for recognition as a specialist medical practitioner or as a consultant physician received to 30 June 1971 and referred to Specialist Recognition Advisory Committees and the numbers recognised in pursuance of recommendations by the Committees were -

2.   Details of the appeals lodged with the Specialist Recognition Appeal Committee to 30 June 1971 were as follows. There were no cases awaiting a decision at 30 June 1971.

 

 







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