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Statutes of Newfoundland 1997


CHAPTER 24

CHAPTER 24

AN ACT TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACT

(Assented to December 19, 1997)

Analysis

1. Long Title R&S

2. S.1 R&S
Short title

3. Ss.3 & 4 R&S
3. Officials shall respond
4. Regional boards

4. S.6 R&S
Interference or obstruction

5. S.11 Amdt.
Regulations

6. Commencement

Be it enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor and House of Assembly in Legislative Session convened, as follows:


SN1995 cP-37.1

1. The Long Title of the Public Health Act is repealed and the following substituted:

AN ACT RESPECTING THE PROTECTION OF THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC AND THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES

2. Section 1 of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Health and Community Services Act.

3. Sections 3 and 4 of the Act are repealed and the following substituted:

Officials shall respond

3. Every official of a public institution, medical health officer, clerk or secretary of a municipal authority, chairperson or secretary of a school board, medical practitioner, nurse, social worker, dentist, dental surgeon, optometrist and pharmacist shall, in relation to matters affecting public health or the provision of services to families, children or youth,

(a) answer promptly all communications from the department;

(b) collect and tabulate facts and statistics according to instructions given him or her by the department; and

(c) supply correct information as to all matters submitted to him or her.

Regional boards

4. (1) The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may, by order, establish regional health and community services boards.

(2) A board established under subsection (1) is a corporation.

(3) A board established under subsection (1) is responsible for and has the authority to provide those health, continuing care and community services, including services to children, youth and families other than hospital services, that the Lieutenant-Governor in Council may direct.

(4) Notwithstanding a provision of the

(a) Child Welfare Act;

(b) Adoption of Children Act;

(c) Day Care and Homemaker Services Act;

(d) Neglected Adults Welfare Act;

(e) Rehabilitation Act;

(f) Young Persons Offences Act; or

(g) this Act

the Lieutenant-Governor in Council may authorize a board to administer a program or service the responsibility for which is conferred by that Act on a minister or other public official.

(5) An order made under subsection (1) shall be subordinate legislation for the purpose of the Statutes and Subordinate Legislation Act.

(6) The minister may make regulations to give effect to the purpose of this section.

4. Section 6 of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Interference or obstruction

6. A person shall not interfere with or obstruct a health officer or social worker in the performance or exercise of a power or duty conferred upon him or her by this Act or the regulations.

5. Paragraphs 11(a), (b) and (c) of the Act are repealed and the following substituted:

(a) prescribing the functions, jurisdiction and duties of medical health officers, health officers, social workers, inspectors and public health nurses, in relation to public health and community services matters;

(b) providing for courses of instruction and prescribing qualifications for medical health officers, health officers, social workers, inspectors and public health nurses;

(c) regulating the management, maintenance, functions, duties and jurisdiction of regional health and community services boards, medical health officers, social workers, inspectors and public health nurses;

Commencement

6. This Act comes into force on a day to be proclaimed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

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