Health (Mental Services) Act, 1981


3.—In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—

“authorised medical practitioner” means a registered medical practitioner holding an appointment or providing services as a consultant psychiatrist in a psychiatric centre;

“authorised officer” means an officer of a health board who is of a class designated by the Minister for the purposes of this Act;

“district psychiatric centre” means a hospital or unit designated as such a centre under section 9 ;

“medical officer in charge” means an authorised medical practitioner who is—

(a) in relation to a district psychiatric centre, the chief psychiatrist of the centre,

(b) in relation to a registered psychiatric centre, the chief medical officer of the centre, or

(c) for the time being acting on behalf of such chief psychiatrist or chief medical officer;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Health;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations;

“psychiatric centre” means a district psychiatric centre or a registered psychiatric centre;

“registered medical practitioner” means a person whose name is entered in the General Register of Medical Practitioners established under section 26 of the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978 ;

“registered psychiatric centre” means a hospital, unit, institution or premises registered or deemed to be registered as such a centre under section 10 ;

“registered psychiatric home” has the meaning assigned by section 12 ;

“review board” means a psychiatric review board under section 37 ;

“special psychiatric centre” means a special psychiatric centre under section 30 .