Sunday 15 December, 2019

MoH: We have no jurisdiction on Nursing Council's operations

The Ministry of Health is seeking to clarify its role and that of the Minister of Health, as it relates to the operations of the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago (NCTT).

In a statement on Tuesday, the MoH said in accordance with the Nursing Personnel Act, Chapter 29:53, neither the Ministry nor the Minister of Health have any jurisdiction over specific issues relating to the conduct of elections by the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago. These matters fall within the remit of that Council. 

"In the absence of any official reports and supporting evidence of wrongdoing requiring intervention in the public interest, matters relating to NCTT elections must, therefore, be addressed internally," the release said.

The Ministry said it has been informed that the Council met, discussed the conduct of elections and the alleged irregularities. Any inconsistencies were resolved and decisions were taken on the way forward.

The release further noted that based on the provisions of the Nursing Personnel Act, following the Council’s notification of the newly elected members, the Minister will identify the additional six persons to serve on the Council.

The Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago is an autonomous body which has all authority to manage its internal affairs. The MoH said it will continue to operate in a manner that upholds the tenants of the law and safeguards the health of the population.

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