—(1) There shall be a committee to be known as the Health Committee comprising not less than 3 members of the Council, to be appointed by the President of the Council, which shall inquire into any case referred to it under section 39(1) or (5) or 46(1).
(2) The President of the Council shall appoint one of the members of the Health Committee as the chairman of the Committee.
(3) A member of the Health Committee shall be appointed for a term of 2 years and shall be eligible for reappointment.
(4) A member of the Health Committee shall, notwithstanding that he has ceased to be a member of the Council on the expiry of his term of office, continue to be a member of the Committee until such time as the Committee has completed its work.
(5) Sections 35(3), 40(4), (6) and (7), 41, 42 and 43(1) to (4) and (6) to (15) shall apply, with the necessary modifications, to the Health Committee and to any inquiry by the Health Committee.
(6) The Council may, with the approval of the Minister, appoint medical assessors to assist the Health Committee in its inquiry, and pay to the medical assessors, as part of the expenses of the Council, such remuneration as the Council may determine.
—(1) Where the fitness of a registered dentist to practise dentistry is judged by the Health Committee to be impaired by reason of his physical or mental condition, the Health Committee may exercise one or more of the following powers:
order that he pays to the Council costs and expenses of and incidental to any inquiry or hearing by the Health Committee;
order that his registration as a dentist be suspended for such period not exceeding 12 months as may be specified in the order;
order that his registration as a dentist be conditional on his compliance, during such period not exceeding 3 years as may be specified in the order, with such requirements as may be imposed by the Health Committee for the protection of members of the public or in his interests (referred to in this Division as restricted registration); and
recommend to the Council that his name be removed from the register.
(2) Where a registered dentist in respect of whom an order for restricted registration is made under subsection (1)(c) by the Health Committee is judged by the Health Committee to have failed to comply with any of the requirements imposed on him as conditions of his registration, the Health Committee may, if it thinks fit, order that his registration be suspended for such period not exceeding 12 months as may be specified in the order.
(3) Where the Health Committee has made an order for suspension under subsection (1) or (2), the Health Committee may order that the registration of the person whose registration is suspended shall, as from the expiry of the current period of suspension, be a restricted registration.
(4) Where the Health Committee has made an order for restricted registration, the Health Committee may revoke the order or revoke or vary any of the conditions imposed by the order.
(5) Subsection (2) shall apply to a registered dentist whose registration is a restricted registration by virtue of an order made under subsection (3) as it applies to a registered dentist whose registration is a restricted registration by virtue of an order referred to in subsection (1)(c), and subsection (4) shall apply accordingly.
(6) Where the Health Committee has made any order under this section, or has varied the conditions imposed by an order for restricted registration, the Registrar shall forthwith serve on the person to whom the order applies a notice of the order or of the variation.
(7) While a person’s registration is suspended by virtue of this section, he shall not be regarded as being registered as a dentist notwithstanding that his name still appears in the register.
(8) Where the Council accepts the recommendation of the Health Committee under subsection (1)(d), the Council shall —
order that the name of the registered dentist be removed from the register from the date of the making of the order; and
direct the Registrar to forthwith serve on him a notice of the order.
(9) Any person who is aggrieved by an order, or any variation of the conditions imposed by an order for restricted registration, made under this section may, within 21 days of the service on him of the notification of the order, appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(10) Any order or any variation of the conditions imposed by an order for restricted registration shall take effect from the time the order or variation is made unless the Minister decides otherwise.