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27 1950



Preliminary and General.

Short title.

1. —This Act may be cited as the Nurses Act, 1950.


2. —In this Act—

the expression “the Act of 1944” means the Midwives Act, 1944 (No. 10 of 1944);

the expression “the Board” means An Bord Altranais established by this Act;

the expression “the Committee” means the Midwives Committee established by this Act;

the expression “dissolved body” means any body being either—

(a) the General Nursing Council, or

(b) the Central Midwives Board;

the expression “the establishment date” means the date appointed to be the establishment date for the purposes of this Act by order of the Minister made under section 3 of this Act;

the expression “health authority” has the same meaning as in the Health Act, 1947 (No. 28 of 1947);

the expression “local supervising authority” means a local supervising authority for the purposes of the Act of 1944;

the word “midwife” means a person registered in the midwives division;

the expression “the midwives division” means the division of the register of nurses applicable to midwives;

the expression “the Minister” means the Minister for Health;

the word “nurse” means a person registered in the register of nurses and includes a midwife and the word “nursing” includes midwifery;

the word “prescribed” means prescribed by rules;

the expression “the register of nurses” means the register of nurses maintained by the Board under section 41 of this Act;

the word “rules” means rules made under section 21 of this Act.

Establishment date.

3. —The Minister may by order appoint a day to be the establishment date for the purposes of this Act.

Expenses of Minister.

4. —The expenses incurred by the Minister in the administration of this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.


5. —(1) The enactments mentioned in the second column of the Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section shall come into operation on the establishment date.

Dissolution of General Nursing Council and Central Midwives Board.

6. —On the establishment date the General Nursing Council and the Central Midwives Board shall be by virtue of this section dissolved.