REGISTRATION AS A GENERAL PRACTITIONER
(1) Section 22 (1) (ca) of the Medical Council Act has been amended to provide for an examination for persons wishing to be registered as a general practitioner.
(2) The examination will determine whether the applicant possesses adequate professional knowledge. For this purpose, the Medical Council through the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life has solicited the help of the National Board of Examinations (NBE) of New Delhi (India). The NBE is concerned with the setting of the question paper and marking the answers while the Mauritius Examination Syndicate is involved in conducting the examination. The Council has the task of scrutinizing all applications related to the examination and publishing the result on its website.
(3) Only successful candidates are given registration as a general practitioner.
(4) Persons who have been given Provisional Registration as Pre-Registration Trainees on or before December 31, 2013 are exempted from the examination as well those who establishes to the satisfaction of the Council that he is duly registered as a general practitioner with the Regulatory Body of the Country where he was practising medicine immediately before he applies for registration in Mauritius and he has practised as a general practitioner for a minimum period of 3 years in that country.
(5) Section 21 and Section 22 of the Medical Council Act is reproduced below:
21. Application for registration
(1) (a) Every person who wishes to be registered under section 20 shall apply in person to the Registrar in such form as may be prescribed.
(b) for the purpose of paragraph (a), every person who is abroad may submit his application by electronic means.
(2) An applicant under subsection (1) shall submit with his application—
(a) in the case of a general practitioner, the original or a certified copy of his diploma in medicine;
(b) in the case of a specialist, the original or a certified copy of his specialist qualification;
(c) where the document referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) is written in a language other than English or French, a certified translation in English or French of his diploma in medicine or specialist qualification;
(d) evidence of any pre-registration training, where he has completed a pre-registration training;
(e) his birth certificate or other acceptable evidence of his identity;
(f) such other particulars as the Council may require.
(3) Where the Registrar is satisfied that an applicant qualifies for registration under this Act, he may cause the name of the applicant to be entered in the appropriate register and inform the Council accordingly.
(4) (a) Notwithstanding subsection (2) (a) and (b), the Registrar may, subject to such conditions as the Chairperson may determine, register an applicant if the applicant produces evidence to the satisfaction of the Chairperson that the applicant has obtained a diploma in medicine or a specialist qualification.
(b) Where the name of the applicant has been entered in the register pursuant to subsection (3) or paragraph (a), the Registrar shall, not later than 21 days from the date of receipt of the application, notify the applicant in writing of his registration.
(5) Where the Registrar does not register an applicant under subsection (3) or (4), the Registrar shall refer the application to the Council for its decision.
(6) Where the Council refuses an application, the Registrar shall, not later than 60 days from the date of receipt of the application, notify the applicant accordingly, stating the reasons for the refusal.
22. Registration of general practitioner
(1) A person shall be entitled to be registered as a general practitioner if he—
(a) is a citizen of the Republic of Mauritius;
(aa) produces a certificate, or a certified copy of a certificate, stating that he has passed at one sitting any 3 subjects at Advanced (‘A’) level (or its equivalent), with a minimum of 21 points, based on the following scale (or such equivalent scale as may be approved by the Council on the recommendation of the Ministry responsible for the subject of education) –
|A Level Grade||A Level Points|
[Repealed and replaced 27/12 (cio 1/1/13).]
(b) holds a diploma in medicine or in the case of a graduate who obtained his diploma after studying in 2 or more medical institutions, where he—
(i) establishes to the satisfaction of the Council that he has obtained the qualification after following the relevant modules for the course during the time laid down by the awarding institution;
(ii) produces to the Council an exemption or equivalence certificate from the awarding institution; and
(iii) produces any other information that may be required by the Council;
(c) establishes to the satisfaction of the Council that he has undergone not less than 18 months practical (including clinical) training in medicine;
(ca) has successfully undergone an examination for the purpose of determining whether he possesses adequate professional medical knowledge;
(d) is of good character and has not been convicted of an offence in any country involving fraud or dishonesty;
(e) has not been disqualified from practice as a general practitioner in any country;
(f) has not in any country been removed from the list of general practitioners on account of professional misconduct or negligence;
(g) does not suffer from any mental or physical incapacity which will hamper the discharge of his duties;
(i) has paid such fee as may be prescribed.
(2) Subsection (1)(aa) shall not apply to a person who has, on the commencement of this section, already enrolled on a course leading to a diploma in medicine.
(3) Subsection (1)(ca) shall not apply to a person who satisfies such criteria as may be prescribed under section 42(1)(a).
(4) For the purpose of subsection (1)(ca), the examination shall, on behalf of and with the administrative assistance of the Council, be conducted by such examining body of international repute as the Minister may, after consultation with the Council, approve.
DOCUMENT NEEDED FOR APPLICATION
|DOCUMENT NEEDED FOR APPLICATION|
|2||National Identity Card|
|3||SC or equivalent|
|4||HSC or equivalent|
|5||Degree/Diploma in Medicine|
(To submit official translation of the certificate if same is in a language other than English or French. Same would apply to any related documents.)
|6||Documentary Evidence of having undertaken at least 18 months of of Pre-Registration Training|
Further documents needed for applicant who are abroad
- Registration with the Regulatory Authority as general practitioner
- Evidence of medical practice undertaken for a minimum of three years
- Certificate of Good Standing from the Medical Regulatory Authority of the Country where the applicant has last practiced medicine
- Persons who do not possess a minimum of 3 years working experience as a general practitioner has to undertake the Medical Registration Examination (MRE). If successful in the said examination, they are given registration as a general practitioner
- Documents listed above may be submitted in photocopies and originals have be produced at the time of application or registration as general practitioner
- Application forms may be downloaded from the website address medicalcouncilmu.org