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PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS MANAGEMENT BOARD ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Establishment of the Board of Management, etc.
Finance and discipline, etc.
Miscellaneous and supplementary
15. Bye-laws regulating behaviour of the public.
16. Inspection of institutions controlled by the Board.
17. Special provisions as to staff.
18. Annual reports.
20. Short title.
FIRST SCHEDULE – Constitution, etc., of the Board
SECOND SCHEDULE – Hospitals under the control and management of the Board
THIRD SCHEDULE – Affiliations
PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS MANAGEMENT BOARD ACT
An Act to establish a Management Board for the running of psychiatric hospitals established by the Federal Government and to provide for their affiliation with teaching hospital mentioned in the Act.
[28th September, 1979] [Commencement.]
Establishment of the Board of Management, etc.
(1) There is hereby established a board, by the name of the Psychiatric Hospitals Management Board (in this Act referred to as “the Board”) to be responsible for the management of psychiatric hospitals specified in the Second Schedule to this Act for the purpose of providing specialist services in psychiatry and facilities for the training of psychiatric personnel at all levels.
(2) The Board shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal.
(1) The Board shall consist of a chairman and the following other members, that is-
(a) the Medical Directors of the hospitals;
(b) a representative of the Federal Ministry of Health;
(c) the Federal Chief Nursing Officer;
(d) a representative of the Nigerian Medical Association who shall not be a member of the academic faculty of a university;
(e) three persons appointed by the Minister for their interest in medical care or social welfare;
(f) a representative of the medical school of the affiliate teaching hospital; and
(g) the Director of Administration of the affiliate teaching hospital.
(2) The chairman shall be a person of proven integrity coupled with experience and outstanding ability in administration or in professional or technical education.
(3) The chairman shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Minister.
(4) The members specified in paragraphs (a) to (c) and (f) and (g) of subsection (1) of this section are hereafter referred to as “ex-officio members”.
(5) The provisions of the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the constitution of the Board and other matters therein mentioned.
(1) The chairman or any member of the Board other than an ex-officio member shall-
(a) hold office for such period, not exceeding four years, and on such terms as may be specified in his letter of appointment;
(b) unless he previously vacates his office, be eligible for re-appointment for one further term of four years:
Provided that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as entitling any person who has held office as chairman for a term and who is being re-appointed under this paragraph to be appointed again as chairman;
(c) be paid out of money at the disposal of the Board such remuneration and allowances as the President may determine.
(2) The office of a member of the Board shall become vacant if-
(a) he resigns his office by notice in writing given to the Minister;
(b) the period of his appointment has expired; or
(c) there is passed by the Board a resolution declaring that-
(i) he has become incapable, by reason of mental or bodily infirmity, of discharging his duties; or
(ii) he has become unfit for membership of the Board by reason of the fact that he has an interest in a contract entered into by the Board and has not disclosed that fact; or
(iii) he has been absent from three consecutive meetings of the Board without leave of the Board; or
(d) he is convicted of an offence which involves moral turpitude.
(3) Soon after the office of a member of the Board has become vacant, the authority by whom he was appointed shall appoint another person in his place in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(1) It shall be the duty of the Board–
(a) to equip, maintain and operate the hospitals which are to provide facilities for diagnostic, curative, promotive and rehabilitative services in psychiatric treatment;
(b) to construct, equip, maintain and operate such training schools and similar institutions as the Board considers necessary for providing the hospitals at all times with a proper staff of hospital technicians and nurses; and
(c) to construct, equip, maintain and operate such clinics, out-patient departments, laboratories, research or experimental stations and other like institutions as the Board considers necessary for the efficient functioning of the hospitals.
(2) The duty of operating the hospitals imposed by the foregoing subsections shall include, without prejudice to the extent of that duty apart from this subsection, the duty of providing proper courses of instruction for medical students of the affiliate hospitals, and the Board may perform the last mentioned duty by arranging, with the approval of the Minister, for students of such affiliate hospitals to attend courses at other institutions not controlled by the Board.
(3) The Board shall secure that the standards of teaching provided at all establishments controlled by the Board and the standards of treatment and care provided for patients at those establishments, do not fall below those usually provided by similar establishments of internationally high repute.
(4) Subject to this Act, the Board shall have power to do anything which, in its opinion, is calculated to facilitate the carrying out of its functions under this Act.
(1) There shall be appointed a secretary to the Board, who shall have such experience and qualifications as are appropriate for a person required to perform the functions conferred on the secretary by or under this Act.
(2) The secretary shall be appointed by the Board and shall carry out such duties as the Board may from time to time direct.
(3) Subject to this Act, the Board shall have power-
(a) to appoint such other employees of the Board as it may determine;
(b) to pay its employees such remuneration and allowances as the Board may with the approval of the Minister determine.
(1) There shall be established under the Management Board, Hospital Management Committees which shall exercise powers delegated by the Management Board thereto for the effective day-to-day administration of the various hospitals.
(2) The Committee shall have a chairman to be appointed by the Minister.
(3) Other members of the Committee shall comprise—
(a) the Medical Director of each hospital;
(b) the chief administrative officer of each hospital;
(c) the matron or the nursing superintendent of each hospital;
(d) a representative of the Ministry of Health of the State in which the hospital is situated;
(e) a representative of the Ministry of Social Welfare of the State in which the hospital is situated;
(f) the Director of Administration of the affiliate teaching hospital;
(g) two persons from the local government area where the hospital is situated, to be appointed by the Minister for their interest in medical care or social welfare.
Subject to the provisions of this section, the Minister may at the request of the Board arrange with the person in charge of any State government medical institution for the person aforesaid to make available to the Board such facilities at that institution as the Board may request.
(1) The Board shall be responsible for laying down general policies and guidelines relating to major expansion of the hospitals and the provision of facilities for the training of medical students of the affiliate hospitals and it shall be the duty of the Board to execute such policies and to keep within such guidelines.
(2) The Board shall have power of promotion, advancement, discipline and the determination of appointment of members of the staff of the hospitals.
The Minister may give to the Board directions of a general character or relating generally to particular matters (but not to any individual person or case) with regard to exercise by the Board of its functions under this Act, and it shall be the duty of the Board to comply with the directions; but no direction shall be given which is inconsistent with the duties of the Board under this Act.
Finance and discipline, etc.
(1) The Board shall prepare and submit to the Minister, not later than the 31st day of December in each financial year, an estimate of its income and expenditure during the next succeeding financial year, and such estimates shall be submitted by the Minister for approval by the President.
(2) The Board shall keep proper accounts in respect of each financial year (and proper records in relation to those accounts) and shall cause the accounts to be audited as soon as may be after the end of the financial year to which the accounts relate by a firm of auditors approved, as respects that year, by the Auditor-General for the Federation and in accordance with guidelines supplied by him.
(3) The Board shall with the approval of the Minister have power-
(a) to borrow money; or
(b) to charge fees for any facilities provided by or by arrangement with the Board (including in particular the provision of tuition, treatment and accommodation).
(1) For the purposes of interflow of knowledge, the hospitals under the management of the Board shall be affiliated with the teaching hospitals specified in the Third Schedule to this Act.
(2) The affiliation provided for in subsection (1) of this section, shall not affect the independent status of the Boards of the teaching hospitals, and the Board established under this Act, but shall be confined to exchange of staff, experience in the areas of training and research, services and hospital facilities.
(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, where it appears to the Board that any student of any of the hospitals has been guilty of misconduct, the Board may, without prejudice to any other disciplinary powers conferred on it by regulations, direct-
(a) that the student shall not, during such period as may be specified in the direction, participate in such activities of the hospital, or make use of such facilities of the hospital, as may be so specified; or
(b) that the activities of the student shall, during such period as may be specified in the direction, be restricted in such manner as may be so specified; or
(c) that the student be rusticated for such period as may be specified in the direction; or
(d) that the student be expelled from the hospital.
(2) The fact that an appeal from a direction is brought in pursuance of the last foregoing subsection shall not affect the operation of the direction while the appeal is pending.
(3) The Board may delegate its powers under this section to a disciplinary committee consisting of such members of the hospital as the Board may nominate.
(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing the restriction or termination of a student’s activities at any hospital otherwise than on the ground of misconduct.
(5) A direction under subsection (1) (a) of this section, may be combined with a direction under subsection (1) (b) of this section.
(6) Nothing in this section shall affect the provisions of any enactment relating to the discipline of medical practitioners, pharmacists, midwives, nurses or members of any other profession or calling.
(1) If it appears to the Board that there are reasons for believing that any person employed as a member of the clinical, administrative or technical staff of the hospitals, other than the Medical Directors, should be removed from his office or employment, the Board shall require the secretary to-
(a) give notice of those reasons to the person in question;
(b) afford him an opportunity of making representations in person on the matter to the Board; and
(c) if the person in question so requests, within the period of one month beginning with the date of the notice, make arrangements—
(i) for a committee to investigate the matter and report to the Board; and
(ii) for the person in question to be afforded an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by the investigating committee with respect to the matter,
and if the Board, after considering the report of the investigating committee, is satisfied that the person in question should be removed as aforesaid, the Board may so remove him by a letter signed on the direction of the Board.
(2) The Medical Director may in a case of misconduct by a member of the staff which in the opinion of the Medical Director is prejudicial to the interest of a hospital, suspend any such member and any such suspension shall forthwith be reported to the Board.
(3) For good cause, any member of the staff may be suspended from his duties or his appointment may be terminated by the Board; and for the purposes of this section, “good cause” means-
(a) a conviction for any offence which the Board considers to be such as to render the person concerned unfit for the discharge of the functions of his office; or
(b) any physical or mental incapacity which the Board, after obtaining medical advice, considers to be such as to render the person concerned unfit to continue to hold his office; or
(c) conduct of a scandalous or other disgraceful nature which the Board considers to be such as to render the person concerned unfit to continue to hold his office; or
(d) conduct which the Board considers to be such as to constitute failure or inability of the person concerned to discharge the functions of his office or to comply with the terms and conditions of his service.
(4) Any person suspended shall, subject to subsections (2) and (3) of this section, be on half pay and the Board shall before the expiration of a period of three months after the date of such suspension consider the case against that person and come to a decision as to-
(a) whether to continue such person’s suspension and if so on what terms (including the proportion of his emoluments to be paid to him); or
(b) whether to reinstate such person, in which case the Board shall restore his full emoluments to him with effect from the date of suspension; or
(c) whether to terminate the appointment of the person concerned, in which case such person will not be entitled to the proportion of his emoluments withheld during the period of suspension; or
(d) whether to take such lesser disciplinary action against such person (including the restoration of his emoluments that might have been withheld), as the Board may determine, and in any case where the Board, pursuant to this section, decides to continue a person’s suspension or decides to take further disciplinary action against a person, the Board shall before the expiration of a period of three months from such decision come to a final determination in respect of the case concerning any such person.
(5) It shall be the duty of the person by whom a letter of removal is signed in pursuance of subsection (1) of this section, to use his best endeavours to cause a copy of the letter to be served as soon as reasonably practicable on the person to whom it relates.
(6) Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this section shall prevent the Board from making regulations for the discipline of students and all other categories of employees of the hospitals as the Board may prescribe.
(7) Regulations made under subsection (6) of this section need not be published in the Federal Gazette but the Board shall bring them to the notice of all affected persons in such manner as it may from time to time determine.
(1) If any junior staff is accused of misconduct or inefficiency, the Medical Director may suspend him for not more than three months and forthwith shall direct a committee –
(a) to consider the case; and
(b) to make recommendations as to the appropriate action to be taken by the Medical Director.
(2) In all cases under this section, the officer shall be informed of the charge against him and shall be given reasonable opportunity to defend himself.
(3) The Medical Director may, after considering the recommendation made pursuant to subsection (l) (b) of this section, dismiss, or take such other disciplinary action against the officer concerned.
(4) Any person aggrieved by the Medical Director’s decision under subsection (3) of this section may, within a period of 21 days from the date of the letter communicating the decision to him, address a petition to the Board to reconsider his case.
Miscellaneous and supplementary
(1) The Board may, with the approval of the Minister make bye-laws-
(a) as to the access of members of the public either generally or of a particular class, to premises under the control of the Board and as to the orderly conduct of the members of the public on those premises; and
(b) for safeguarding any property belonging to or controlled by the Board from damage by members of the public.
(2) Bye-laws under this section shall not come into force until they are confirmed (with or without modification) by the Minister and published in such manner as he may direct.
(3) Bye-laws made under this section may provide that a breach of the bye-laws or of a particular provision of the bye-laws shall be punishable by a fine (not exceeding N 10) and in default of payment of the fine by imprisonment for such a term as may be so specified, not exceeding seven days.
(4) Bye-laws under this section shall not apply to any member of the Board and shall not, in their application to a particular institution, apply to an officer or servant of the Board employed in connection with the institution or to a student at the institution.
(1) The Minister, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, the Director of Medical Services and Training and (on production, if so required, of his authority) any person authorised in that behalf by any of the persons aforesaid, may at any time enter and inspect any institution controlled by the Board.
(2) The Board shall render to the Director of Medical Services and Training at such times and in such form as he may specify, such statistical and other returns as he may from time to time require.
(3) Any direction, notice, report, representation or request authorised or required to be given or made by or under this Act shall be in writing and may, without prejudice to any other method of service, be served by post.
The affiliate teaching hospital may make available to the Board if the Board so requests, the specialist services of officers in the service of the university teaching hospital (including the chief engineer, the chief accountant, the estate officer and such other officer whose services the Board may require) to assist the Board in the discharge of its functions under this Act.
The Board shall prepare and submit to the President, through the Minister, not later than the 30th day of June in each year, a report in such form as the Minister may direct on the activities of the Board during the immediately preceding financial year and shall include in such report a copy of the audited accounts of the Board for that year and of the auditor’s report thereon.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
“Board” means the Psychiatric Hospitals Management Board;
“chairman” means the chairman of the Board;
“functions” includes powers and duties;
“hospitals” includes all institutions (however called) controlled by the Board;
“junior staff’ means staff of such grade as may be determined from time to time by the Board;
“medical student” means a student whose course of instruction is–
(a) designed (either alone or in conjunction with other courses) to enable him to qualify as a medical practitioner; or
(b) designed for the further training of medical practitioners;
“Minister” means the Minister responsible for health matters;
“student” means a person enrolled at an institution controlled by the Board for the purpose of pursuing a course of instruction at the institution.
This Act may be cited as the Psychiatric Hospitals Management Board Act.
[Section 2 (5).]
Constitution, etc., of the Board
Proceedings of the Board
(2) At any time while the office of chairman is vacant or the chairman is absent from Nigeria or is in the opinion of the Board permanently or temporarily unable to perform the functions of his office, the deputy chairman shall perform those functions, and references to
the chairman in this Schedule shall be construed accordingly.
(2) At any meeting of the Board, the chairman, or in his absence the deputy chairman, shall preside, but if both are absent the members present at the meeting shall elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.
(3) Where the Board desires to obtain the advice of any person on a particular matter, the Board may co-opt him as member for such period as it thinks fit; but a person who is a member by virtue of this sub-paragraph shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Board and shall not count towards a quorum.
(2) A committee appointed under this paragraph shall consist of such number of persons as may be determined by the Board and not more than one third of those persons may be persons who are not members of the Board; and a person other than a member shall hold office on the committee in accordance with the instrument by which he is appointed.
(3) A decision of a committee appointed under this paragraph shall be of no effect until it is confirmed by the Board.
(a) to pay any member or any other person appointed to a committee of the Board such remuneration (whether by way of salary, fees or otherwise) in respect of the performance of his functions under this Act and such travelling and subsistence allowances while on any business of the Board, as the Board may determine;
(b) as regards employees in whose case it may determine so to do, to pay to or in respect of them such pensions and gratuities approved by the government of the Federation;
(c) to give loans to its employees for purposes approved by the Board.
(2) Any contract or instrument which if made or executed by a person not being a body corporate, would not be required to be under seal may be made or executed on behalf of the Board by any person generally or specially authorised to act for that purpose by the Board.
(3) Any document purporting to be a document duly executed under the seal of the Board shall be received in evidence and shall, unless the contrary is proved, be presumed to be so executed.
[Section 1 (1 ).]
Hospitals under the control and management of the Board
[Section 11 (1 ).]
|Hospital||Name of teaching hospital to which affiliated|
|1.||The Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos||Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos.|
|2.||The Psychiatric Hospital Aro, Abeokuta.||University College Hospital, Ibadan.|
|3.||The Psychiatric Hospital Uselu, Benin||University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City.
No Subsidiary Legislation