CHAPTER 158

PROVIDING FOR TEMPORARY EMERGENCY LICENSES TO PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS AND VETERINARIANS

AN ACT AMENDING CHAPTER 11, CHAPTER 17 AND CHAPTER 33, TITLE 24, DELAWARE CODE OF 1953, BY AUTHORIZING THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF DELAWARE, THE DELAWARE STATE BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS AND THE STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY EXAMINERS TO PROVIDE FOR THE TEMPORARY ADMISSION TO PRACTICE MEDICINE, DENTISTRY AND VETERINARY MEDICINE DURING AN EMERGENCY PERIOD.

WHEREAS, a serious public emergency may exist in this State because of the demands of the armed services for positions of physicians, dentists and veterinarians; and

WHEREAS, cooperation on the part of the State, 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, dentists and veterinarians may be accomplished to overcome acute shortages in specific locations from time to time; and

WHEREAS, for the protection of the health and welfare of the people of this State, power to provide for the temporary admission to practice in this State of physicians, dentists and veterinarians licensed in a State of the United States, other than Delaware, should be conferred on 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; NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Subchapter 3 of Chapter 17, Title 24, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended by adding at the end thereof a new section to read as follows:

§ 1744. Temporary admission to practice medicine during emergency period

Until May 1, 1955, the Medical Council shall have the power, by general regulations or specific orders, to issue temporary emergency certificates, said temporary certificates to be limited to twelve (12) months duration, renewable at the discretion of the issuing authority to such physicians licensed in a state of the United States, other than Delaware, as they shall find qualified to practice as such in this State during a serious public 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 may make or impose as to them, or any of them, and their practice within this State.

Section 2. Subchapter 2 of Chapter 11, Title 24, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended by adding at the end thereof a new section to read as follows:

§ 1135. Temporary admission to practice dentistry during emergency period

Until May 1, 1955, the Board shall have the power, by general regulations or specific orders, to issue temporary emergency certificates, said temporary certificates to be limited to twelve (12) months duration, renewable at the discretion of the issuing authority to such dentists licensed in a state of the United States, other than Delaware, as they shall find qualified to practice as such in this State during a serious public 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 Board may make or impose as to them, or any of them, and their practice within this State.

Section 3. Chapter 33, Title 24, Delaware Code of 1953, is amended by adding at the end thereof a new section to read as follows:

§ 3313. Temporary admission to practice veterinary medicine during emergency period

Until May 1, 1955, the Board shall have the power, by general regulations or specific orders, to issue temporary emergency certificates, said temporary certificates to be limited to twelve (12) months duration, renewable at the discretion of the issuing authority to such veterinarians licensed in a state of the United States, other than Delaware, as they shall find qualified to practice as such in this State during a serious public 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 Board may make or impose as to them, or any of them, and their practice within this State.

Approved June 22, 1953.