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Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979

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8Joint committees of Council and Boards

(1)The Secretary of State shall by order constitute a joint committee of the Central Council and the National Boards, called the Health Visiting Joint Committee.

(2)Of the members of the Health Visiting Joint Committee, the majority shall be practising health visitors.

(3)The Council and each of the Boards shall consult the Joint Committee on all matters relating to health visiting and shall not act on any such matters before receiving a recommendation of the Joint Committee which shall be made within such period of time as the Council or Board shall specify; and the Committee shall, on behalf of the Council or of any Board, discharge such of the functions of the Council or the Board as are assigned to it by the body otherwise charged with those functions, or by the Secretary of State by order.

(4)The Secretary of State may by order constitute other joint committees of the Council and the National Boards and (to the extent prescribed by the order)—

(a)require the Council and the Boards to consult the appropriate joint committee on such matters as may be assigned to it; and

(b)authorise any such committee to discharge functions of the Council or a Board with respect to any matters including any of those mentioned in section 3(3).

(5)There may in particular be constituted under subsection (4) a joint committee to be concerned with district nursing.

(6)Joint committees shall be constituted from members of the Council and of the Boards, in such numbers and proportions as the Secretary of State's order may specify; and his order—

(a)may provide for persons who are not members of the Council or of any Board to be appointed as members of the joint committee ;

(b)shall provide for a majority on the joint committee to be persons who work or have worked in the professional field with which it is primarily concerned.

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