The presence of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act - 2003 [HPCA] necessitates that the ambulance sector consider the implications of having some or all of its staff who are involved in the provision of patient care, recognised as health practitioners as provided for under the provisions of the Act. This matter has been considered in the past and some preliminary work was undertaken [discussion paper - September 1999], when the then Government were considering how best to revise a number of health practitioner registration Acts. The formal enactment of the legislation provides an opportunity for the sector to now reconsider the issues in the light of its provisions.

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