Nurses and Midwives Act
- Commenced on 8 November 1996
- [This is the version of this document as it was at 31 December 2000 to 17 July 2008.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
Part I – Interpretation
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
Part II – Establishment, functions and composition of the council
2. Establishment of the council
3. Functions of the councilThe functions of the council shall be—
4. Composition of the council
5. Term of officeA member of the council, including the chairperson, shall hold office for a term of three years from the date of appointment and shall be eligible for reappointment for not more than two terms.
6. Vacation of office
7. Remuneration of membersA member of the council or any other person attending a meeting of the council may be paid such remuneration or allowance that the council may, in consultation with the Minister, determine.
8. Meetings of the council
Part III – Management and staff of the council
9. The secretariatThe council shall have a secretariat to assist it in carrying out its functions under this Act.
10. Registrar of the council
11. Functions of the registrar
12. Deputy registrar
13. Other staff
Part IV – Financial provisions
14. Funds of the council
15. Financial yearThe financial year of the council shall be the twelve months beginning from the 1st day of July and ending on the 30th day of June.
17. Accounts and audit
Part V – Registration and enrollment of nurses and midwives
18. Council to conduct coursesThe council shall prescribe courses of training for nurses and midwives and issue diplomas or certificates, as the case may be, to persons who pass the qualifying examinations.
19. Eligibility for registration or enrollmentA person holding any of the following minimum qualifications shall be eligible for registration or enrollment in the appropriate category to which the qualifications relate—
20. Other qualifications recognised
21. Eligibility where qualifications not recognised
22. Register and roll of nurses and midwives
23. Application for registration or enrollment
24. Certificate of registration or enrollmentOn the registration or enrollment of a nurse or midwife, the registrar shall issue to the person registered or enrolled a certificate of registration or enrollment in a prescribed form with the seal of the council affixed on the certificate.
25. All registered nurses or midwives to be issued with practising licences
26. Titles used by registered or enrolled persons
27. Registration or enrollment not a right to practise medicineRegistration or enrollment under this Act shall not confer upon any person a right under the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act—
28. Removal from the register or roll
29. Restoration of name after removal
Part VI – Regulation of private practice
30. Private practice
31. Annual report by a licensed person
32. Registration of maternity homes and nurse health units
33. Publication of nurse health units and maternity homes in the GazetteThe council shall cause to be published in the Gazette soon after registration is authorised and a licence issued in respect of a nurse health unit or maternity home—
34. Protection of patients
35. Inspection of nurse health units
Part VII – Disciplinary provisions
36. Disciplinary committee
37. Inquiry by committee
38. Power to summon witnesses
39. Offences by witnesses
40. Disciplinary powers of the committeeThe committee after due inquiry made in accordance with this Act may—
41. Proceedings to be recorded
42. Appeal from the decision of the council
Part VIII – Miscellaneous provisions
43. Committees of the council
44. Change of practising venue
45. Additional qualificationsA person registered or enrolled under this Act who has acquired additional qualifications approved by the council may, on payment of a prescribed fee, have the additional qualification included in the register or roll.
46. Supervisory authority
47. Notification of the death of a nurse or midwifeThe supervisory authority appointed under section 46 shall on receiving information of the death of a registered or enrolled nurse or midwife notify the registrar in writing of the death.
48. Publication prima facie evidence
49. ChargesA nurse or midwife engaged in private practice under this Act may demand reasonable charges for the attendance on, treatment of or service rendered to any person under this Act and for any drugs supplied, and shall be entitled to sue for or recover the same, with full costs, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
50. RegulationsThe Minister may, on the recommendation of the council, make regulations generally for better carrying out the provisions of this Act and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the Minister may—
51. Procuring registration by fraudA person commits an offence who—
52. Registered or enrolled nurse or midwife to undergo minimum continuing education
53. Unregistered person using title
54. Offences and penaltiesA person who commits an offence under this Act is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than three hundred thousand shillings and not more than three million shillings or to a term of imprisonment of not less than three months and not more than three years or to both.
55. Assets and liabilities of former council to vest in council
History of this document
18 July 2008 amendment not yet applied
31 December 2000 this version
08 November 1996