Hundreds of doctors could soon lose right to practise

The category of limited registration – ‘public interest – occasional practice’ – is due to be abolished under nationally consistent laws from 30 September next year as  part of national registration scheme that was introduced in 2010.

Around 600 of the estimated 1000 doctors in the category have used up the three renewals they were granted when the national registration scheme came into place. Their registration will cease on 30 September 2013.

Traditionally, retired GPs and other doctors retained the right to refer patients and write repeat prescriptions.

Since the decision to axe the category, retired doctors led by the late Dr Frank Johnson have argued for it to be retained due to the expense and time involved in maintaining full registration.

While those wishing to switch to general registration will have to pay annual fees, the cost of applying to switch categories will be waived.