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Committees

The Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe is a statutory body, established in terms of the Health Professions Act and is committed to protecting the public and guiding the professions.

Committees

Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe Committees are established in terms of the Health Professions Act Chap. 27:19 as follows;

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A council’s executive committee shall consist of—
  • (a) the chairperson of the council, who shall be chairperson of the committee; and
  • (b) the vice-chairman of the council; and
  • (c) a bare majority of the other members of the council, who shall be appointed to the committee by the council in such manner as the council may prescribe.
  • (2) A council’s executive committee shall meet at least four times in each year.
  • (3) If at a meeting of an executive committee the chairman and vice-chairman are both absent, the members present shall elect one of their number to preside at that meeting.
  • (4) All acts, matters or things authorised or required to be done by an executive committee shall be decided by a majority vote at a meeting of the committee at which a quorum is present
  • (5) At all meetings of an executive committee, each member present shall have one vote on every question before the committee and, in the event of an equality of votes, the chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote.
  • (6) The chairman of the council concerned shall give notice of every meeting of an executive committee to the Minister, who may attend the meeting.
  • (7) Minutes of every meeting of a council’s executive committee shall be submitted to the Minister by the chairman of the council not later than one month after the meeting was held.
  • (8) The Minister may at any time direct the chairman of a council to convene a meeting of the council’s executive committee for the purpose of dealing with any matter that is specified by the Minister and relates to the council’s functions, and the chairman shall comply with any such direction within twenty-one days after receiving it.
PRACTICE CONTROL COMMITTEE
  • (1) A council’s practice control committee shall consist of—
    • (a) the chairman of the council, who shall be chairman of the committee; and
    • (b) at least eight persons appointed by the council, of whom:
      • (i) the majority shall be members of the council; and
      • (ii) at least three shall be members of the Health Service designated by the Secretary of the Ministry responsible for health; and [Subparagraph substituted by section 29 of Act 28 of 2004]
      • (iii) one shall be a registered legal practitioner of at least five years’ standing
  • (2) Members of a council’s practice control committee referred to in paragraph (b) of subsection (1) shall serve for such period, not exceeding five years, as may be fixed in each case by the council at the time of their appointment: Provided that—
    • (i) any such member shall be eligible for re-appointment;
    • (ii) the council may, without assigning reasons, require any such member to retire from the practice control committee if at any time the council considers it necessary or desirable for him to do so.
  • (3) If at a meeting of a practice control committee the chairman is absent, the members present shall elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.
  • (4) A majority of members shall form a quorum at a meeting of a practice control committee
  • (5) All acts, matters or things authorised or required to be done by a practice control committee shall be decided by a majority vote at a meeting of the practice control committee at which a quorum is present.
  • (6) At all meetings of a practice control committee, each member shall have one vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, the chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote.
  • (7) Subject to this section, a practice control committee shall meet and regulate its business as it thinks fit.
  • (8) For the purpose of carrying out its functions, a practice control committee shall have power
    • (a) if it is reasonably necessary for the detection of any offence in terms of Part XVII or XVIII, to investigate or cause an investigation of any health institution at all reasonable times; and
    • (b) for the purposes of an investigation in terms of paragraph (a), to employ the services of inspectors appointed in terms of section twenty-six, who may exercise any of their powers in terms of that section; and
    • (c) to call for a report, whether on oath or otherwise, from any registered person in respect of any matter arising from the exercise of its functions
  • (9) Any person who hinders, obstructs or makes any false representation to a practice control committee or any inspector employed by it shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment. [Subsection amended by section 4 of Act 22 of 2001]
DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
  • (1) A council’s disciplinary committee shall consist of:
    • (a) the chairman of the council, who shall be chairman of the committee: Provided that, if in any particular case the chairman of the council considers that he should not be chairman of the committee, he shall appoint another member of the council to be the chairman for that particular case; and
    • (b) not less than two and not more than four other persons who shall be—
      • (i) specially appointed to the committee for the particular inquiry by the chairman of the council in consultation with the council’s executive committee; and
      • (ii) either members of the council concerned or registered on the same register as the person in respect of whom the inquiry is to be held: Provided that at least one of the persons so appointed shall be registered on the same register as the person in respect of whom the inquiry is to be held.
  • (2) If a registered legal practitioner is a member of the council concerned, he shall be present at any inquiry held by a disciplinary committee in order to advise the committee on matters of law, procedure and evidence: Provided that, if the legal practitioner is unable to be present at an inquiry or if there is no legal practitioner on the council, the chairman of the council, in consultation with the executive committee or with such members thereof as he is able to consult in the time available, shall appoint some other registered legal practitioner to be present at the inquiry to advise on matters of law, procedure and evidence.
  • (3) At any meeting of a disciplinary committee, the chairman and two other members shall form a quorum
  • (4) All acts, matters or things authorised or required to be done by a disciplinary committee shall be decided by a majority vote at a meeting of the disciplinary committee at which a quorum is present.
  • (5) At all meetings of a disciplinary committee, each member present shall have one vote on any question before the disciplinary committee and, in the event of an equality of votes, the chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote.
  • (6) Except as otherwise expressly provided in Part XIX, a disciplinary committee may regulate its procedure in such manner as it thinks fit.
  • (7) Whenever an executive committee refers a matter to a disciplinary committee, the secretary of the council concerned shall advise the Minister of the reference, specifying the person who is the subject of the inquiry concerned and the nature of the complaint.
  • (8) Whenever a disciplinary committee has completed an inquiry, the secretary of the council concerned shall advise the Minister of the result of the inquiry and of the action, if any, taken by the disciplinary committee.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE
  • (1) On the establishment of an education committee in terms of paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of section 67, a council—
    • (a) shall appoint to that committee at least one member of the council, who shall be the chairman of the committee; and
    • (b) may appoint to that committee persons who are not members of the council.
  • (2) Subject to any general directions given to it by the council concerned, the functions of an education committee shall be
    • (a) to supervise the education and training of such classes of health practitioners as the council may specify; and
    • (b) to advise the council on any matter concerning the education or training of the classes of health practitioners referred to in paragraph (a); and
    • (c) to satisfy itself and the council that in every teaching institution the curricula for the education and training of the classes of health practitioners referred to in paragraph (a) are such that graduates will have sufficient basic knowledge to practise their profession or calling; and
    • (d) to satisfy itself and the council that the education and training given to persons training to become health practitioners of the classes referred to in paragraph (a), and the facilities provided to enable them to gain experience in their profession or calling, are appropriate and adequate; and
    • (e) to perform such other functions relating to the education and training of the classes of health practitioners referred to in paragraph (a) as may be vested in the committee by the council.
  • (3) For the purpose of carrying out its functions, an education committee may, subject to the general direction and guidance of the council concerned—
    • (a) visit any university, hospital or other institution or premises where instruction is given to or examinations conducted for students who intend to apply for registration as health practitioners of a class referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (2); and
    • (b) observe and monitor any instruction or examinations such as are referred to in paragraph (a); and
    • (c) on behalf of the council, engage the services of inspectors appointed in terms of section twenty-six to perform any function referred to in paragraph (a) or (b); and
    • (d) to submit full written reports to the council on the courses and curricula followed at and examinations conducted by any university, hospital or other institution or premises where instruction is given to or examinations are held for students who intend to apply for registration as health practitioners of a class referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (2).