Medical Act 1983

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QuotationMarkLeft.png (1) Subject to subsection (2) below, any person who wilfully and falsely pretends to be or takes or uses the name or title of physician, doctor of medicine, licentiate in medicine and surgery, bachelor of medicine, surgeon, general practitioner or apothecary, or any name, title, addition or description implying that he is registered under any provision of this Act, or that he is recognised by law as a physician or surgeon or licentiate in medicine and surgery or a practitioner in medicine or an apothecary, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale... QuotationMarkRight.pngMedical Act 1983, Section 49

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The Medical Act 1983 is available at the Office of Public Sector Information website, here (pdf).

The Act relates to the General Medical Council, and the protection of the title "Registered medical practitioner".

It is also the Act under which (under section 35A(1), specifically) the GMC can demand access to any record - this section of the Act starts:

35(A) General Council’s power to require disclosure of information
(1) For the purpose of assisting the General Council or any of their committees in carrying out functions in respect of professional conduct, professional performance or fitness to practise, a person authorised by the Council may require—
(a) a practitioner (except the practitioner in respect of whose professional conduct, professional performance or fitness to practise the information or document is sought); or
(b)any other person,
who in his opinion is able to supply information or produce any document which appears relevant to the discharge of any such function, to supply such information or produce such a document.<i>[1]