The principal statute providing for the regulation of the medical profession is the Medical Act 19831.
The Medical Act 1983 provides for the continued existence of the General Medical Council and of branch councils of the General Medical Council2; it contains provisions regulating the medical education and registration of persons qualifying as medical practitioners in the United Kingdom3 and elsewhere in the European Union, and the registration of persons qualifying overseas4; it defines the privileges of registered practitioners5; it contains wide powers in connection with the disciplinary control of the profession and the fitness of practitioners to practise medicine6; and
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