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RSNL1990 CHAPTER E-9

EMERGENCY MEDICAL AID ACT

Amended:

1997 c23 s13

CHAPTER E-9

AN ACT TO PROTECT PERSONS RENDERING AID FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT OR IN AN
EMERGENCY

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Short title

        1. This Act may be cited as the Emergency Medical Aid Act.

1971 No15 s1

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Definitions

        2. In this Act

             (a)  "physician" means a person who is lawfully entitled to practise medicine in the province; and

             (b)  "registered nurse" means a person who is, under the Registered Nurses Act, licensed to practise the profession of nursing and is a registered member, in good standing, of the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland referred to in that Act and includes a nurse practitioner.

1971 No15 s2; 1997 c23 s13

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Protection of certain persons from action

        3. Where, in respect of a person who is ill, injured or unconscious as the result of an accident or other emergency,

             (a)  a physician or registered nurse, voluntarily and without expectation of compensation or reward, renders emergency medical services or first aid assistance, and the services or assistance are not rendered at a hospital or other place having adequate medical facilities and equipment; or

             (b)  a person other than a person mentioned in paragraph (a) voluntarily renders emergency first aid assistance, and that assistance is rendered at the immediate scene of the accident or emergency,

the physician, registered nurse or other person is not liable for damages for injuries to or the death of that person alleged to have been caused by an act or omission on his or her part in rendering the medical services or first aid assistance, unless it is established that the injury or death was caused by gross negligence on his or her part.

1971 No15 s3