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Nurses (Scotland) Act 1951

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12Restriction on use of title of registered nurse, nurse and assistant nurse, and penalties for unlawful assumption thereof, for misuse of certificates, for false representation and for falsification

(1)Any person who, not being a person duly registered under this Act, takes or uses the name or title of registered nurse, either alone or in combination with any other words or letters, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding, in the case of a first offence, ten pounds, and, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, fifty pounds.

(2)Any person who, not being a duly registered nurse or a duly enrolled assistant nurse, takes or uses the name or title of nurse, either alone or in combination with any other words or letters, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding, in the case of a first offence, ten pounds, and, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, fifty pounds:

Provided that (without prejudice to the provisions of the last foregoing subsection)—

(a)nothing in this subsection shall prevent a children's nurse from taking or using the name or title of nurse, unless the circumstances in which, or the words or letters in combination with which, the name or title is taken or used are such as to suggest that he is something other than a children's nurse ;

(b)the Secretary of State may by regulations authorise the use, either generally or by specified classes of persons or in specified circumstances, of specified names or titles containing the word nurse or of the word nurse otherwise qualified in accordance with the regulations ;

(c)a person shall not be guilty of an offence under this subsection by reason only that, without objection by him, other persons use the word nurse in addressing or referring to him.

(3)Any person who—

(a)not being a person duly registered or enrolled, takes or uses any name, title, addition, description, uniform or badge, implying that he is registered or enrolled or is recognised by law as registered or enrolled; or

(b)being a person whose name is included in any part of the register, takes or uses any name, title, addition, description, uniform or badge, or otherwise does any act of. any kind, implying that his name is included in some other part of the register ; or

(c)at any time with intent to deceive makes use of any certificate of registration or enrolment issued to him or any other person,

shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding, in the case of a first offence, ten pounds, and, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, fifty pounds.

(4)Any person who, knowing that some other person is not registered or enrolled, makes any statement or does any act calculated to suggest that that other person is registered or enrolled shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding, in the case of a first offence, ten pounds, and, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, fifty pounds.

(5)If any person wilfully makes, or causes to be made, any falsification in any matter relating to the register or the roll, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on summary conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

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