Schedule (Section 3(2))
1.(1)The council shall consist of the following members—(a)the Director of Nursing or the person for the time being discharging functions as such;(b)The Head of the institution responsible for the nursing education programme; (c)five nurses, three midwives, of whom one nurse and one midwife shall be drawn from the community based services; one nurse and one midwife from Hospital Services and one nurse or midwife shall be a person not employed by the Ministry of Health-elected or appointed in the maner specified in subparagraph (6);(c)one representative from each registered nurses’ or midwives’ professional association, the membership of which consists of at least 20 per cent of the registered nurses or midwives;(d)one health professional who is neither a nurse nor a midwife and is appointed by the Minister; and(e)a person, not being a person connected with health services, to be appointed by the Minister to represent those who receive such services.(2)The members of the Council shall elect from amongst themselves a chairman.(3)The members referred to in sub-paragraphs (1)(c), (d), (e) and (f) shall, unless they vacate office earlier, hold office for 2 years and are eligible for reappointment.(4)Any member referred to in sub-paragraphs (1)(c), (d), (e) and (f) may resign from membership of the Council by letter addressed to the Minister.(5)Where a member referred to in subparagraphs (1)(c), (d), (e) and (f) vacates office, a person may be appointed or elected in place of that member having regard to the provision of subparagraph (1).(6)Three nurses and two midwives referred to in subparagraphs (1)(c) shall be elected respectively by the nurses from amongst themselves and by midwives from amongst themselves, at an election where a nurse or midwife shall be eligible to vote in person or by proxy; and the other two nurses and one midwife shall be appointed by the Minister having regard to the provisions of subparagraph (1)(c).2.There shall be a registrar to the council appointed by the Minister from among the officers of the Ministry of Health who, in his opinion, are senior officers of that Ministry, and the registrar shall act as secretary to the council, implementing its decisions, keeping and maintaining records of all its activities and of the minutes of meetings and doing all such things as the chairman directs him to do.3.(1)The council meets at such times and in such place—(a)as the chairman may direct; or(b)as may be requested in writing to the chairman by not less than 5 members.(2)At a meeting of the council 5 members form a quorum.(3)The chairman or, in his absence, any member referred to in paragraph 1(1)(a) elected by the members present presides at a meeting of the council.(4)All questions for determination at meetings of the council are decided by a majority vote of the members present at the meeting and voting thereon.(5)Each member has one vote and in the event of an equality of votes the member presiding has an additional vote.(6)Where a member has a direct interest in a matter which falls to be decided at a meeting of the council he shall not be present nor vote at the meeting where the matter is considered or decided by the council.4.(1)Whenever a matter requires a decision of the council and it is not convenient or possible for the council to meet to determine the matter, the registrar shall, on the instructions of the chairman, circulate papers regarding the matter to all members for consideration and decision or approval and if the members reach a unanimous decision on the basis of the papers, that decision is deemed to be a decision of the council and has effect immediately:Provided that a member who has a direct interest in the matter that requires a decision or approval shall not take part in the decision or approval.(2)Decisions taken in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) shall be recorded by the registrar in the minute-book of the council and shall be confirmed at the next subsequent meeting of the council.5.(1)The council may appoint committees from among its members.(2)The registrar acts as secretary to any committee appointed under sub-paragraph (1).(3)A committee appointed under sub-paragraph (1) has the same powers as the council in respect of all matters within the committees’ purview but a decision of a committee shall not be acted upon unless approved at a meeting of the council.6.Subject to any regulations under section 15, the council and committees thereof regulate their own proceedings.