Section 10A – Healthcare Improvement Scotland
190.Subsection (1) creates Healthcare Improvement Scotland, which is referred to in the Act and in these notes as HIS. It will be a statutory body corporate which will exercise the functions given to it by or under the Act or other relevant legislation. Subsection (1)(b) provides that as part of its function, HIS will be expected to promote improvements in healthcare provided in Scotland.
191.Subsection (2) defines what is meant by healthcare in subsection (1)(b) as services for, or in connection with, the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness provided under the health service or by people providing independent health care services
192.Subsection (3) and (4) places HIS under an obligation to act subject to and in accordance with directions given by the Scottish Ministers and enables the Scottish Ministers to vary or revoke such directions.
193.Subsections (5) gives effect to schedule 5A of The National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (contained in schedule 16 to this Act) which sets out the constitutional arrangements and general provisions for the establishment and operation of HIS.