PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND MATERNITY HOMES ACT - 1958 (NO. 9 OF 1958)

    Section - 2 - Interpretation

    In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, -

    "the Board" means the Private Hospitals and Maternity Homes Board established under this Act;

    "Chief Medical Officer" means the Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health;

    "Government institution" includes any maternity home, hospital, convalescent home, nursing home, or health centre wholly maintained out of the public revenues by the Government or by any Mission on behalf of the Government;

    Cap. 78.

    "infectious disease" means any disease within the meaning of the Infectious Diseases Ordinance;

    "maternity home" means any building or other premises where provision is made for medical attention or nursing facilities before, during, or after child-birth and whether gratuitously or for reward but does not include any Government institution;

    "medical attention" includes surgical attention;

    "Medical Officer" means any medical practitioner in the service of the Government and includes any other medical practitioner duly authorised in writing by the Chief Medical Officer for the purposes of this Act;

    Cap.69.

    "medical practitioner" means a medical practitioner duly registered under the provisions of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Registration Ordinance;

    "medical practitioner in charge" means the supervising medical practitioner in a private hospital;

    Cap.72.

    "midwife" means a midwife duly registered under the provisions of the Midwives Ordinance;

    "midwife in charge" means the supervising midwife in a maternity home;

    "Minister" means the Minister responsible for Health;

    Cap.71.

    "nurse" means a person duly registered under the Nurses Ordinance;

    "Nursing Officer" means a nurse or midwife in the service of the Government;

    "Principal Matron" means the Principal Matron of the Ministry of Health;

    "private hospital" means any building or other premises where provision is made for medical attention or nursing facilities gratuitously or for reward, and used or intended to be used for the reception of persons suffering from any sickness, infirmity of injury or used or capable of being used for purposes of or incidental to child-birth, but does not include a maternity home or a Government institution;

    "Registrar" means the registrar of the Board.

    "Secretary" means the secretary of the Board.