§ Dr. Evan Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish(a) the criteria for the appointment of doctors as second opinion appointed doctors under the Mental Health Act 1983 and (b) the appointment procedure for these positions. 
§ Jacqui Smith
In order to be eligible for appointment to the second opinion appointed doctor's panel, doctors must meet the following criteriaGeneral Medical Council registeredMember of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalentqualification recognised by the Royal College of PsychiatristsRegistered on the Royal College of Psychiatrists ContinuingProfessional Development ProgrammeConsultant status in psychiatry for at least five yearsEvidence of mental health practice in the last two yearsTwo good references from practising consultant psychiatristswho have worked with the applicant within the last two yearsAvailability to work at a minimum of 10 different locationsCurrently practisingAge limit-below 65 years
The procedure for appointment is summarised as follows: interested doctors are asked to submit an application, curriculum vitae and two references, which are scrutinised by a panel comprising three persons, usually Commissioners, at least one being a consultant psychiatrist.
This panel makes draft proposals on appointments, which are referred to the Commission's executive management team and then the board for consideration and final ratification.