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The purpose of the Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Bill 2017 is to amend the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 in order to address gaps in respect of appointing professional members to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, CORU. The Bill seeks to permit a registration board under the aegis of CORU to apply training and education conditions to applicants for registration who have qualified but who have not yet commenced the practise of their profession. The Bill also seeks to allow for the registration of physiotherapists, and physical therapists in the register of physiotherapists.
I welcome the Minister for Health, Deputy Simon Harris, and his officials to the meeting.