The Haryana State Cabinet has approved the Haryana State Nurses and Nurse Midwives Council Bill, 2017. The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh on Tuesday. The Bill aims to make the council the sole body governing nursing education in the state.
The council will replace the existing Haryana Nurses Registration Council (HNRC) and will look after admission, curriculum, examination and registration process in nursing education. Also, the Punjab Nurses Registration Act, 1932 as applicable to Haryana shall stand repealed.
“The council will work under the supervision of Department of Medical Education and Research,” an official release said.
Director General or Director of Medical Education and Research Department will be the ex-officio president, while the additional director will be the ex-officio vice president of the council. The Council shall fix the criteria for establishment and recognition of nursing institutes. It will also decide the criteria to recognise degrees, diplomas, certificates in nursing training, the release said.
The council will frame regulations, delegate powers to the executive committee, conduct inspection of nursing institutes and fix fee to be levied and revision thereon from time to time.
The council will also fix criteria to conduct admissions to various nursing institutes and prescribe facilities, syllabi, entry criteria to maintain proper standards in the nursing course, it said.
The Council will have the power to de-recognise any institution that is found indulging in malpractice in examinations. Additionally, no person can establish a nursing institute without prior recognition of the Council.
Only those persons who are registered under the provisions of the Bill would practice as a nurse, midwife, auxiliary nurse midwife or a health visitor. In the case of contravention of this provision, six months imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 would be imposed for the first offence. In case of a second offence, imprisonment could extend up to one year, apart from Rs 2,000 to Rs 50,000 fine.
No hospital, nursing home, blood bank or a laboratory among others will employ any person as a nursing professional unless the person is registered under this Bill.