Legal Construction of Nursing Accountability in Circumcision Practice

Panggih Sediyo, Isharyanto Isharyanto, Arief Suryono


Background: Circumcision is one of the surgical practices often performed by nurses in rural and urban areas. Minister of Health Decree No. 1239 of 2001 on the registration and practice of nurses has not provided clarity on the limits of authority and legal protection for certain nurses. Many nurses provide services in the community that are not in accordance with the rules and authority.

Subjects and Method: This was a normative study with statute, case study, and conceptual approach. Legal materials were collected using document review. Legal materials were analyzed by describing the problem under study.

Results: Article 65 of Law Number 36 the Year 2014 on Health Personnel provides delegation of authority from the doctor to the nurse if the doctor cannot perform a medical service, provided that the physician is obliged to provide clear written authority delegation to perform the medical service. Regulation of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia No. 17 of 2013 on Amendment to Regulation of the Minister of Health No. Hk.02.02/Menkes/148/I/2010 Concer­ning Permits and Implementation of Nurse Practices states that medical service can only be delivered based on written request from the doctor. Regulation of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia Number 17 the Year 2013 Concerning Amendment to Regulation of the Minister of Health No. Hk.02.02/Menkes/148/I/2010 Concerning Permission and Implemen­tation of Nurse Practice Article 3a authorize Nurses to undertake nursing practice in health-care facilities outside of the solo practice.

Conclusion: Legal construction for nurses who practice circumcision provides legal certainty in the rules relating to solo practice so that there is a law protection. Ministerial Regulation does not have binding power. The researcher suggests that a more binding legal regulation of circumcision by nurses be developed, for example by adding to the provisions of Law No. 36 of 2014.

Keywords: circumcision, health service, nursing accountability, legal protection, nurse authority

Correspondence: Panggih Sediyo. Masters Program in Law, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Jl. Ir. Sutami No. 36 A, 57126, Surakarta, Central Java. Email: Mobile: +6285726509884.

Journal of Health Policy and Management (2018), 3(2): 92-100

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