Health Act, 1970

Local committees.

7.—(1) The Minister shall by regulations establish, in relation to the functional area of each health board, such number of committees (each of which shall be known and is in this Act referred to as a local committee) as appears to him to be appropriate.

(2) Regulations under this section shall contain provisions relating to the appointment, tenure of office, disqualification and removal of members of a local committee, the appointment of a chairman and a vice-chairman to a local committee, the holding of meetings and the quorum for and the procedure at meetings of a local committee.

(3) The membership of a local committee shall be specified in regulations under this section and such regulations shall provide for more than half of the members of the committee being persons who are members of the council of the county or county borough for the relevant area and, where appropriate, the Dún Laoghaire Borough Council.

(4) The Minister shall consult each health board, each council of a county, each corporation of a county borough or the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire before making regulations under this section affecting the functional area of the board, council or corporation concerned.

(5) (a) It shall be the principal function of a local committee to advise the health board on the provision by the board of health services in the functional area of the committee, and a health board shall consider any advice so tendered to it.

(b) A local committee shall perform such other functions as may, subject to any limitations specified by the Minister, be delegated to it by the appropriate health board.