April 11, 2018
The use of the title ‘midwife’ is protected in law under section 49 of the Nurses Act, 1985.
The use of the title ‘midwife’ is protected in law under section 49 of the Nurses Act, 1985. Section 49 (1) states that:
Section 49 (1): Improper use of title of nurse, midwife, etc.
Any person who –
(a) not being a person registered in the register of nurses, takes or uses the name or title of nurse or midwife, either alone or in combination with any other words or letters or any name, title or description, implying that the person is registered in the register, or
(b) being a person whose name is included in any division of the register, takes or uses any name, title or description, or otherwise does any act of any kind, implying that the person is registered in any other division of the register in which the person's name is not included, or
(c) with intent to deceive, makes use of any certificate issued under this Act to such person or to any other person, or
(d) makes, or causes to be made, any false declaration or misrepresentation for the purpose of obtaining registration under this Act or who aids or abets in the making of any such false declaration or misrepresentation,
shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or, at the discretion of the court, to both such fine and such imprisonment.
At a future date, yet to be determined, section 49 of the Nurses Act, 1985 will be repealed by the Minister for Health and replaced by the commencement of sections 39 and 44 of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011.