Correction of registers.
53.— (1) For the purpose of keeping the register of nurses and midwives and the candidate register correct, the Board shall from time to time as occasion requires correct all clerical errors in those registers, remove therefrom all entries therein procured by fraud or misrepresentation, enter in those registers every change which comes to the Board’s knowledge in the addresses or other details of the persons registered in them and remove the registration of all registered persons whose death has been notified to, or comes to the knowledge of, the Board.
(2) Where the Board takes any action pursuant to subsection (1) for the purposes of keeping the registers referred to in that subsection correct, the Board shall forthwith notify the person concerned, or the person’s next of kin, as may be appropriate, of the action taken and of the reasons therefor.
(3) The Board shall take such steps as it considers necessary from time to time to ensure that the particulars entered in the registers are accurate.
(4) Where any particulars entered in the register of nurses and midwives or the candidate register in respect of a registered nurse, registered midwife or candidate change, the nurse, midwife or candidate shall, as soon as is practicable but, in any case, not later than 30 days after the occurrence of the change, give notice in writing to the Board specifying the change.
(5) Where a registered nurse or registered midwife intends to be, or has been, absent from the State for a continuous period of more than 12 months, the nurse or midwife shall, as soon as is practicable, give notice in writing to the Board—
(a) of that fact, and
(b) of particulars of any employment that the nurse or midwife intends to take up, or has taken up, outside the State in a similar professional capacity.
(6) A registered nurse or registered midwife shall give notice in writing to the Board of any material matter which would be likely to affect the continuation of the nurse’s or midwife’s registration not later than 30 days after that matter comes to his or her knowledge.
(7) In subsection (6), “material matter”, in relation to a registered nurse or registered midwife, includes—
(a) the imposition of conditions on any registration or licence,
(b) the suspension, withdrawal or removal of any registration or licence, or
(c) the refusal to grant registration or a licence,
in relation to any regulatory body in or outside the State, and any medical incapacity of the nurse or midwife, and includes any conviction of a criminal nature whether imposed in the State or in another jurisdiction.
(8) Failure to notify the Board as required by subsection (6) shall be sufficient grounds for the Board to make a complaint to the Preliminary Proceedings Committee under this Act.