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Nurses (Scotland) Act 1951

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THIRD SCHEDULEThe Mental Nurses Committee

Constitution of the Mental Nurses Committee

1(1)The Mental Nurses Committee shall consist of eleven persons, of whom—

(a)five shall be members of the Council appointed by the Council;

(b)one shall be a registered mental nurse elected by persons who, on the date of the election, are registered mental nurses;

(c)one shall be a registered nurse for mental defectives elected by persons who, on the date of the election, are registered nurses for mental defectives; and

(d)four shall be appointed by the Secretary of State.

(2)Of the members appointed by the Council, two shall be the registered mental nurses or registered nurses for mental defectives elected to membership thereof by nurses so registered.

(3)The members appointed by the Secretary of State shall respectively be a matron of a mental hospital which is an institution approved by the Council for the purposes of the training rules, a registered mental nurse engaged in the teaching of the nursing and care of persons suffering from mental diseases, a duly qualified medical practitioner engaged in the teaching of psychiatry and a chief male nurse of such a mental hospital as aforesaid, and the appointment of each of those persons shall be made by the Secretary of State after consultation with such persons and bodies as he. thinks fit, being persons and bodies having special knowledge and experience of the work of persons of the class to which the person to be appointed belongs.

Supplementary Provisions

2The members of the Mental Nurses Committee required by the foregoing provisions of this Schedule to be elected shall be elected in accordance with the prescribed scheme and in the prescribed manner.

3(1)The members of the Mental Nurses Committee holding office at the date of the passing of this Act shall vacate office, if they were appointed by the Secretary of State, on the expiry of a term of three years commencing on the first day of March, nineteen hundred and fifty-one, and, in any other case, on the expiry of a term of five years commencing on the last-mentioned date; and the successors in office of all the members of the Committee shall hold office for a term of five years.

(2)A member of the Committee appointed by the Council shall cease to hold office as such member if he ceases to be a member of the Council.

4(1)If the place of a member of the Mental Nurses Committee becomes vacant before the expiration of his term of office, whether by death, resignation or otherwise, the vacancy shall, if the member was appointed by the Secretary of State, be filled by a person appointed by the Secretary of State, and, in any other case, shall be filled by a person appointed by the Council.

(2)A person shall not be appointed to fill a casual vacancy in the place of any member of the Committee unless he possesses the qualification required by the foregoing provisions of this Schedule for election or, as the case may be, appointment under the said provisions to- that place.

(3)A person appointed to fill a casual vacancy shall hold office only so long as the member in whose stead he is appointed would have held office.

5A person ceasing to be a member of the Mental Nurses Committee shall be eligible for re-appointment or re-election.

6The powers of the Mental Nurses Committee may be exercised notwithstanding a vacancy in their number.

7The chairman of the Mental Nurses Committee shall be such one of the members of the Committee who are members of the Council as may be selected by the Committee.

8The quorum of the Mental Nurses Committee shall be four.

9The Mental Nurses Committee may, with the approval of the Council, make standing orders regulating the summoning of meetings of the Committee and the proceedings of the Committee.

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