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Subject:

Clinical Chemistry & The Human Rights Act 1998

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"Christopher P. Price (CBIO) 7241" <[log in to unmask]>

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Christopher P. Price (CBIO) 7241

Date:

Thu, 24 Jun 1999 17:09:16 GMT0BST

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Professor Forrest’s bed time thoughts perpetuate some misconceptions that 
should be addressed.  Membership of the voluntary register currently 
administered by the Registration Council for Scientists in Health Care is only 
open to those who have trained, demonstrated their competence and practiced 
as clinical scientists;  at the time that the register was created legal opinion 
indicated that this was the appropriate position to take.  It is recognised that in 
some other spheres membership of more than one register is allowed;  
however, under the legislation embodied in the creation of the Health 
Professions Council and the proposed mandatory requirement for a 
commitment to maintain competence, it is questionable whether any 
professional will be able to maintain competence in more than one profession – 
or his/her employer provide the opportunity to do so.

Professor Forrest’s reference to what the uncharitable might think indicates a 
lack of understanding of the purpose of registration.  The primary aim of 
registration is to protect the patient;  it is a commitment by the employer and 
the employee to ensure that standards of competence are maintained in the 
provision of services to patients.  The employers responsibility is to ensure that 
all practitioners are state registered and that appropriate facilities exist for the 
attainment and maintenance of competencies relevant to that profession.  The 
employees responsibility is to achieve and maintain his/her competence whilst 
conducting him/herself in an appropriate manner.

There is absolutely no intention to “keep out” well qualified MLSOs or “medics” 
and to imply this is to show a lack of understanding of registration.  It is not a 
qualification to gain, a scalp to take or a club to join.  If a professional can 
genuinely gain the competencies and more importantly maintain them, then 
one might argue that that freedom should exist.  However, one would have to 
ask for what purpose?


Professor C P Price
Chairman
Registration Council for Scientists in Health Care




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