Mental Health Care Act

Mental Health Care (Accounts Committee) Regulations 1999

[GN 58 of 1999 – 5 June 1999] [Sections 29 and 44]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Mental Health Care (Accounts Committee) Regulations 1999.

2. In these regulations –

“Act” means the Mental Health Care Act;

“Committee” means the Accounts Committee set up under section 29 of the Act.

3. (1) The Committee shall consist of –

(a) a Chairperson, appointed by the Minister, who has working knowledge in the field of accountancy;

(b) a medical practitioner, appointed by the Minister, who is a specialist in the field of psychiatry;

(c) the Medical Superintendent of the centre;

(d) a representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of social security;

(e) a representative of the National Pensions Fund;

(f) a finance officer of the centre;

(g) a medical social worker, appointed by the Minister;

(h) 2 nursing administrators appointed by the Minister.

(2) The Minister shall designate a Secretary and a Treasurer from the members of the Committee.

(3) The Chairperson and other members of the Committee shall be paid such allowance as the Minister may determine.

4. (1) The Committee shall meet at such time and place as the Chairperson may determine.

(2) The Committee shall meet at least once monthly.

(3) In the absence of the Chairperson, the members shall appoint from among themselves a member to chair the meeting and that member shall, in relation to that meeting, exercise the functions and have the powers of the Chairperson.

(4) Five members shall form a quorum.

(5) All decisions shall be taken by a majority of votes, the Chairperson having an original as well as a casting vote.

(6) Subject to these regulations, the Committee shall regulate its meetings and proceedings in such manner as it thinks fit.

5. (1) The Secretary shall –

(a) keep minutes of the proceedings of the Committee; and

(b) have the custody of all books, documents and records of the Committee.

(2) The minutes of the proceedings shall be signed by the Chairperson of the meeting and the Secretary.

6. (1) The treasurer shall keep a record of each individual account of a patient, and such other accounts or records as he may be directed by the Committee.

(2) The records may be inspected by any member of the Committee at all reasonable times.


(3) The records shall show –

(a) any money, benefit and allowance accruing to the patient; and

(b) any expenditure incurred on behalf of or for the patient.


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