MEDICAL WANTS ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

CHAPTER II

ORGANISATION OF ESTATES MEDICAL DISTRICTS

3. Minister may declare estates medical districts.

4. District hospitals and dispensaries.

5. District Medical Officers.

CHAPTER III

DUTIES OF MEDICAL OFFICERS

6. Duties of District Medical Officer.

7. Duties of medical officer as to inspection of estates.

8. Obstruction of medical officer an offence.

CHAPTER IV

RIGHTS, DUTIES, AND OBLIGATIONS OF SUPERINTENDENTS

9. Rights of Superintendents.

10. Charges payable by Superintendent.

11. Liability for charges.

12. Duties of Superintendents.

13. Duties of Kanganies.

CHAPTER V

RECOVERY OF CHARGES

14. Government Agent to give notice of sums due.

15. Power to seize property in default of payment.

16. Power to seize timber and materials of buildings.

17. Power to sell property seized.

18. No seizure for arrears.

19. Removal of property seized.

20. Possession of property not removable pending sale.

21. Costs of seizure and sale.

22. Buildings may be broken open.

23. Return of over plus.

24. Obstruction of persons acting under this Chapter.

CHAPTER VI

MEDICAL WANTS COMMITTEE

25. Establishment of Medical Wants Committee.

26. Duties of Medical Wants Committee.

27. Power to grant rebate to certain proprietors.

CHAPTER VII

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

28. Expenses of Ordinance to be met by export duty on certain products.

29. Annual financial statement.

30. Debit side of statement.

31. Credit side of statement.

CHAPTER VIII

MISCELLANEOUS

32. Minister may make rules.

33. Power to amend definition of estate and list of agricultural products.

34. Penalty for offences.

9 of 1912,

16 of 1915,

25 of 1916,

29 of 1916,

36 of 1946,

28 of 1974,

46 of 1957,

35 of 1958,

2 of 1966,

10 of 1983,

33 of 1990,

53 of 1993.

AN ORDINANCE to consolidate and amend the law relating to the medical wants of labourers in planting districts.

[Date of Commencement: 17th July, 1912]

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Medical Wants Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires—

"dispensary” means any Government dispensary;

"District Medical Officer” includes district medical assistant, visiting medical officer, and visiting apothecary;

"estate” means any estate in which labourers are employed having four hectares of land actually cultivated in tea, rubber, coffee, cacao, cardamoms, cocoa camphor, pepper, or cinchona;

[Subs by s 3 of Act 10 of 1983.]

"Government Agent” includes Assistant Government Agent;

"hospital” means any Government hospital;

"immigrant labourer” means any labourer as defined by the Estate Labour (Indian) Ordinance;

"labourer” means a labourer employed upon an estate, and includes kangany and female labourer, and any child or other relative of a labourer resident upon the same estate;

"medical officer” includes any District Medical Officer and any officer of the Department of Health charged with duties of supervision or inspection in connection with estates;

"prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Ordinance or, in the absence of such rules, by departmental rules or orders;

"Superintendent” means any person in the immediate charge of an estate.

CHAPTER II

ORGANIsATION OF ESTATES MEDICAL DISTRICTS

3. Minister may declare estates medical districts.

It shall be lawful for the Minister to declare any district of Sri Lanka an estates medical district for the purposes of this Ordinance, and to define the limits of the district by reference to the estates comprised therein.

4. District hospitals and dispensaries.

There shall be established for every medical district such hospitals and dispensaries as may be necessary for the medical wants of the estates of the district.

5. District Medical Officers.

There may be appointed District Medical Officers and apothecaries for any estates medical district at such salaries as may, from time to time, be provided by Parliament, and with such duties as may, from time to time, be determined,

CHAPTER III

DUTIES OF MEDICAL OFFICERS

6. Duties of District Medical Officer.

It shall be the duty of a District Medical Officer for the purposes of this Ordinance—

(a) upon the written request of a Superintendent, to visit any sick labourer upon his estate;

(b) to direct the removal to hospital of any such sick labourer whose removal he may consider necessary;

(c) to attend upon all such labourers who at the direction of a District Medical Officer or otherwise may be admitted to hospital.

7. Duties of medical officer as to inspection of estates.

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