In 1957 the Medical Practictions Act was amended by the addition of section 21c to enable the licensing of medical practitioners who had received their qualifications in non-English Speaking Countries. (1) The new section authorsied the licensing of persons with medical qualifications and experience to practice either in (a) all branches of medicine or surgery or (b) one or more branches provided that this was done under supervision.
Licensees were required to work under Medical Officers in either State Hospitals, Mental Hospitals, public hospitals or other institutions approved by the Minister. After one year the licensee, could under go an oral examination by a committee and become eligible for licensing as a Medical Officer in a state or public hospital or mental hospital or other institution.
These files contain correspondence from applicants to practise under Section 21c of the Medical Practitioners Act, 1938- 1957. Files usually contain the application form and supporting documentation such as university qualifications, references, testimonials, and resumes.
In some instances, the applicant's surname and/or given name(s) on the file jacket is slightly different to that on the application form.
(1) Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act, 1957 (Act No 20, 1957) Section 2(e) (1)
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