CHAPTER 686

HOUSE BILL NO. 1254

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 17, TITLE 24, DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF MEDICAL PRACTICE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Dela ware:

Section 1. Amend §1711(c), Chapter 17, Title 24, Delaware Code by striking said subsection (c) in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) Meetings of the Board shall be held at least four (4) times a year at such place or places as the Board shall determine. Meetings of the Board shall be open to the public, provided, however, the Board may close any meeting where patient records are to be discussed by a two-thirds vote of all Board members present at such meeting, or by similar vote may close a meeting where any one or more of the following duties of the Board are to be discharged:

(1) Investigating the character of an applicant for a certificate to practice medicine;

(2) Investigating any charges of unprofessional conduct;

(3) Investigating complaints and charges of physical or mental illness or excessive use or abuse of drugs, including alcohol, resulting in inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety; or

(4) Suspension, revocation or reinstatement of any certificate to practice medicine."