Committees


The medical council has constituted the following committees;

Investigating Committee

Education Committee

Finance Committee

Legal Committee

Conflict Resolution Committee

Investigating Committees

The Medical Council has appointed three Investigating Committees in order to cope with the number of cases of complaints against registered practitioners. Each Investigating Committee consists of at least four members

The Medical Council has the responsibility to investigate any complaint of medical negligence, professional misconduct, malpractice or any breach of the Code of Practice against a registered person.

During the preliminary investigation, the Investigating Committee of Council may summon and hear the registered person, may summon and hear witnesses. It may call for relevant documents from clinics and hospitals.

Additionally, the person whose conduct, act or omision is under investigation is notified about the nature of the complaint.

In case a person refuses to give evidence or to communicate any document on the ground of confidentiality, the Registrar may apply to a Judge sitting in Chambers for an order directing that person to disclose the evidence required or communicate any document needed for the purposes of the investigation.

After the preliminary investigation, the Investigating Committee makes a complete report on the case to the Medical Council

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Education Committee

The Education Committee is a subcommittee constituted by Council. This committee studies and submits its recommendations on all doubtful applications received from persons seeking registration with the Medical Council. It also gives its opinion on equivalence of qualifications and as such whether the name of a person can be put in the register of general practitioners or in the register of specialists etc.

The Education Committee also submits recommendation on the duration of pre-registration training that one has to undergo if same has been undertaken partially overseas in order to meet the requirements of the Medical Council Act 1999 as amended.

The Education Committee has also drafted the Minimum Standard Requirement for setting up of medical colleges in Mauritius. The recommendations of the Committee vetted by the Medical Council have been submitted to the Tertiary Education Commission.

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Finance Committee

A Finance Committee set up by the Council ensures judicious use of its funds. The main income of the Medical Council is derived from payments of “Annual Practising Fee” and “Registration Fee” by medical practitioners. A fee is also charged for the issue of a “Certificate of Good Standing”. Council also receives an annual grant from the Ministry of Health & Quality of Life.

The income and expenditure of the Council are audited at the end of each financial year. An annual report is prepared and presented to Council for approval. This ensures objectivity and transparency in utilization of funds.

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Legal Committee

The Legal Committee comprises of five members and the chairman is the representative of the Attorney-General‘s Office. This Committee has been set up to ensure that Council functions within the parameters of the Law of the country and more specifically within the provisions made in the Medical Council Act 1999 as amended in the years 2002 and 2007.

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Conflict Resolution Committee

Council at times is in presence of cases which arise as a result of “conflicts” between registered medical practitioners. This committee has been set up to study such cases and see how Council can intervene to resolve these conflicts.

Para (38) of Part II of the Code of Practice for the medical profession on standards of professional conduct and medical ethics stipulates:

“A conflict arising in the exercise of their calling between two or more registered medical practitioner shall be professionally dealt with among themselves or if necessary with the help of the Medical Council”.

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