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Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979

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1Constitution of Central Council

(1)There shall be a corporate body known as the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.

(2)The Council shall consist of the number of members, being not more than 45, prescribed by the Secretary of State by order.

(3)Of the members of the Council—

(a)the majority shall be members of the National Boards established by section 5 below and be nominated by the Boards (in equal numbers) in accordance with Part I of Schedule 1 to this Act; and

(b)the other members shall be persons appointed by the Secretary of State.

(4)The Secretary of State's appointments shall be made from among persons who either are nurses, midwives, health visitors or registered medical practitioners, or have such qualifications and experience in education or other fields as, in the Secretary of State's opinion, will be of value to the Council in the performance of its functions.

(5)The Secretary of State shall have especially in mind the need to secure that qualifications and experience in the teaching of nurses, midwives and health visitors are adequately represented on the Council.

(6)The Council shall have—

(a)a chairman appointed from among its members (initially by the Secretary of State and, as from such later day as he may by order appoint, by the Council itself); and

(b)a deputy chairman appointed by the Council from among its members.

(7)Part II of Schedule 1 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the constitution and administration, etc. of the Central Council.

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