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Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

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111Pharmaceutical needs assessments

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(1)After section 82 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006 (c.42) (arrangements for additional pharmaceutical services: terms and conditions), insert—

82APharmaceutical needs assessments

(1)A Local Health Board must prepare and publish an assessment of needs for pharmaceutical services in its area.

(2)A Local Health Board must—

(a)keep the assessment most recently published by it under subsection (1) under review, and

(b)revise it as appropriate.

(3)Regulations must—

(a)specify a date by which a Local Health Board is to prepare and publish its first assessment under subsection (1);

(b)make provision about circumstances in which a Local Health Board is to review and if appropriate revise its assessment (and may make such provision by reference to, among other things, a period within which or following which a Local Health Board is to review and if appropriate revise its assessment);

(c)make provision about the way in which an assessment is to be published.

(4)The regulations may make other provision about the preparation, publication, review and revision of an assessment under subsection (1), including (among other things) about—

(a)the information to be contained in an assessment (which may include, among other things, information relating to persons with whom a Local Health Board has entered into a general medical services contract);

(b)the extent to which an assessment is to take account of likely future needs and of other matters;

(c)consultation to be carried out in connection with an assessment;

(d)procedural requirements.

(2)In section 203 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006 (c.42) (orders, regulations and directions), after subsection (6) insert—

(6A)A statutory instrument containing the first regulations under section 82A (pharmaceutical needs assessments) may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the National Assembly for Wales.

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