CHAPTER 71

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

PROTECTION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CIVILIAN POPULATION DURING WAR EMERGENCY PERIOD

AN ACT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE CIVILIAN POPULATION DURING THE WAR EMERGENCY PERIOD.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. Purpose:--A serious public emergency exists or may exist in this State because of the demands of the armed services for physicians and dentists. Cooperation on the part of the State, with certain Federal agencies, such as the Procurement and Assignment Service for Physicians, Dentists, and Veterinarians of the War Manpower Commission is imperative, so that temporary relocation of physicians and dentists may be accomplished, to overcome acute shortages in specific localities from time to time. For the protection of the health and welfare of the people of the State, power to provide for the temporary admission to practice in the State, of physicians and dentists, licensed in a State of the United States other than Delaware, is hereby conferred upon the Medical Council of Delaware, the Delaware State Board of Dental Examiners and the State Board of Veterinary Examiners upon conditions and under regulations prescribed by them.

Section 2. Power to Provide for the Temporary Admission to Practice Medicine and Dentistry in the State:--To accomplish the purpose set forth in Section 1, and notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, the Medical Council of Delaware, the Delaware State Board of Dental Examiners and the State Board of Veterinary Examiners shall have power by general regulations or specific orders, to issue temporary emergency certificates, said temporary certificates to be limited to twelve months duration, renewable at the discretion of the issuing authority, to such physicians and dentists licensed in a State of the United States other than Delaware, as they shall find qualified to practice as such in the State during such emergency. The holder of any such temporary certificate shall be privileged during the term specified therein, unless sooner revoked, to practice his profession within this State subject, however, to all laws of this State generally applicable to the practice of such profession and to such regulations, restrictions, and area limitations as the Medical Council of Delaware, the Delaware State Board of Dental Examiners and the State Board of Veterinary Examiners may make or impose as to them or any of them and their practice within this State.

Section 3. During the period when this Act shall be in force the period of internship required by 925. Sec. 13 of Chapter 27 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, shall be suspended, and in lieu thereof an internship of nine (9) months shall be required of applicants for a license to practice medicine and surgery in addition to the other qualifications and requirements of said section.

Section 4. This Act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until April 1, 1945.

Approved March 4, 1943.