NURSING HOMES REGISTRATION ACT *

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Registration of Nursing Homes

   3A   Application for renewal of registration

   4   Cancellation of registration

   5   Notice of refusal or of cancellation of registration

   6   Regulations

   7   Inspection of Nursing Homes

   8   Penalty for offences against Act and provision as to offences by companies

   8A   Minister may amend monetary penalties

   9   Payment of fees into Consolidated Fund

 

THE NURSING HOMES REGISTRATION ACT

[Date of Commencement: 28th June, 1934]

Cap 263.

Act
7 of 2004,
7 of 2011.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Nursing Homes Registration Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "register" and "registration" mean register and registration under this Act;

   "nursing home" means any premises used or intended to be used for the reception of and the providing of nursing for persons suffering from any sickness, injury or infirmity, and includes a maternity home but does not include-

   (i)   any public or regional hospital under the National Health Services Act or any premises maintained or controlled by a local authority;

[7/2004 s 2.]

   (ii)   a psychiatric facility within the meaning of the Mental Health Act;

[7/2004 s 2.]

   "maternity home" means any premises used or intended to be used for the reception of pregnant women or of women immediately after childbirth;

   "registered nurse" means a person who is registered as a nurse pursuant to section 9 of the Nurses and Midwives Act.

3   Registration of Nursing Homes *

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   (1) If any person carries on a nursing home without being duly registered in respect thereof, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act and shall in respect of each such offence be liable on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty thousand dollars or, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars or to both such imprisonment and fine.

[7/2004 s 3(a); 7/2011 s 2.]

   (2) Application for registration shall be made to the Chief Medical Officer in writing in the form prescribed by him and shall be accompanied by a fee of-

[7/2004 s 3(b).]

   (a)   five thousand dollars, for nursing homes with a bed capacity of twenty-five beds or less; or

[7/2004 s 3(b).]

   (b)   ten thousand dollars, for nursing homes with a bed capacity of more than twenty-five beds.

[7/2004 s 3(b).]

   (3) Subject as provided in this Act the Chief Medical Officer shall, on the receipt of an application for registration, register, in a book to be kept by him, the applicant in respect of the nursing home named in the application and issue to him a certificate of registration:

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