National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)
Procedural Regulations Pertaining to the Functioning of the Office of Health Standards Compliance and Handling of Complaints by the Ombud
Chapter 1 : Definitions, Purpose and Application
1. Definitions and interpretation
|(1)||In these Regulations, unless the context indicates otherwise, a word or expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act, has the same meaning, and—|
"category of health establishment"
means the category contemplated in section 35 of the Act;
"certificate of compliance"
means a certificate referred to in Regulation 18(2), issued to the health establishment by the Office;
means a notice referred to in regulation 21(1), issued to the health establishment by an inspector;
"early warning system"
means the surveillance systems that collect information on serious user-related incidents that prompt interventions by the health establishment, Office or relevant authority;
"head of the health establishment"
means the owner and occupier of a health establishment as contemplated in section 88(a) of the Act;
"health care service"
includes all services dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disease, or the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health including personal and non-personal health services provided by public and private health establishments;
means on site visits to health establishments for the purpose of gathering information and evidence to assess compliance or investigate breaches of norms and standards;
means a legal person, except where the context indicates otherwise;
"person in charge"
means a person designated as a person in charge of a health establishment, in terms of regulation 6(1);
means a provincial department of health, district health authority, municipal authority or executive management of a private hospital or private hospital group;
means the information or data resulting from an assessment conducted by the health establishment against a tool or framework published by the Office from time to time;
means a breach in safety procedures which results in the user suffering permanent loss of function or death unrelated to natural causes;
means any risk that could have severe negative effects on public health or result in the death of a user or permanent loss of function;
means the National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003); and
means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.
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