Public Hospitals Act, 1933


1.—In this Act—

the expression “the Minister” (except where used by way of quotation from another Act) means the Minister for Local Government and Public Health;

the word “sweepstake” means a drawing or distribution or a series of drawings or distributions of prizes by lot or chance whether with or without reference to the result of a future uncertain event;

the expression “drawing of prizes” means a drawing of tickets or other similar procedure which is entirely dependent on chance and whereby the distribution of prizes in a sweepstake is determined whether directly or by reference to the result of a future uncertain event or partly directly and partly by such reference;

the word “hospital” means an institution or organisation in Saorstát Eireann which affords medical, surgical, or dental treatment to human beings, and includes any institution or organisation in Saorstát Eireann for the prevention, treatment, or cure of human disease, injury, or deformity and any institution or organisation for affording asylum to blind, deaf, dumb, or mentally defective persons, or to expectant mothers, or mothers with their children of less than five years of age, and also includes infirmaries provided by local authorities (whether as parts of county homes or otherwise) for the care and treatment of aged and infirm persons and infirmaries not so provided but to which such persons are sent by any local authority, and also includes institutions or organisations for carrying on medical research, but does not include any institution or organisation conducted by persons for their private profit;

the expression “nursing organisation” means an institution or organisation in Saorstát Eireann which has for its sole or principal object the nursing of, and providing of nurses for, poor persons suffering from physical diseases, injuries, or deformities or poor women in childbirth;

the expression “governing body” means the council, board, committee or other body having the control and management of the hospital or nursing organisation in relation to which the expression is used and (save where precluded by the context) includes a local authority having the control of such hospital or organisation.