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Hospitals Act (amended)

BILL NO. 203

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
57 Elizabeth II, 2008



Government Bill



Hospitals Act
(amended)



The Honourable Chris A. d'Entremont
Minister of Health



First Reading: November 3, 2008

(Explanatory Notes)

Second Reading: November 14, 2008

Third Reading: November 18, 2008 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

Explanatory Notes

Clause 1 adds definitions of "qualified dental practitioner", "qualified medical practitioner" and "qualified midwife" to the Hospitals Act.

Clause 2 amends the Hospitals Act to allow District Health Authorities and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre to provide admitting privileges to midwives and removes the word "legally" for consistency between definitions in the Act.

Clause 3 adds powers for the Governor in Council to make regulations defining or further defining words or expressions used in the Hospitals Act.

Clause 4 provides that the Act comes into force upon proclamation.

An Act to Amend Chapter 208
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Hospitals Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Section 2 of Chapter 208 of Revised Statutes, 1989, the Hospitals Act, as amended by Chapter 6 of the Acts of 2000, Chapter 29 of the Acts of 2000 and Chapter 42 of the Acts of 2005, is further amended by

(a) adding immediately after clause (h) the following clause:

(ha) "qualified dental practitioner" means a licensed dentist under the Dental Act;

and

(b) adding immediately after clause (s) the following clauses:

(sa) "qualified medical practitioner" means a member under the Medical Act;
(sb) "qualified midwife" means a midwife under the Midwifery Act;

2 Section 8 of Chapter 208 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Hospitals Act, is amended by

(a) striking out "alone or" in the fourth and fifth lines and substituting "or qualified midwife alone, or a qualified medical practitioner"; and

(b) striking out "legally" in the fifth line.

3 Section 17 of Chapter 208, as amended by Chapter 42 of the Acts of 2005, is further amended by adding immediately after clause (r) the following clauses:

(ra) defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;
(rb) further defining any word or expression defined in this Act;

4 This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.


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