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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Functions related to the health service

Section 10C – Health service functions

195.Subsections (1)(a) to (c) require HIS to exercise the functions of supporting, ensuring and monitoring the quality of health care provided by the NHS in Scotland (including quality assurance, and accreditation) the promotion of user involvement in the planning and development of health services by Health Boards, Special Health Boards and the Common Services Agency; and the discharge of those bodies’ functions in a way that encourages equal opportunities. Subsection (2) confers certain functions exercisable by the Scottish Ministers under particular provisions of the 1978 Act on HIS. Subsection (3)(a) provides that HIS must make available to the public information on the availability and quality of health service services which under subsection (3)(b) should be made available in any format that may reasonably be requested. Information provided might include details about the location and types of services available as well as the results of HIS's inspections of services provided under the health service.

196.Subsections (5) to (7) provide a definition for health service functions which HIS may exercise.

197.Subsection (3)(c) requires HIS to provide advice to Scottish Ministers when requested, and subsection (3)(d) allows it to do so at any time even without a request by Scottish Ministers. Subsection (3)(e) requires HIS to provide advice to service users and persons representing carers of such users, local authorities, health boards, special health boards and the Common Services Agency, health service providers or prospective providers, and any other bodies set out in regulations, about any aspect of its functions. For example, HIS might offer advice to service providers on how to meet any standards and outcomes. Subsection (3)(f) provides a power for HIS to publish information arising out of its inspection and other work such as good practice guidance. Subsection (4) allows HIS to charge a reasonable fee for any advice, forms or documents it provides in connection with its obligations under subsection (3)(e).

Section 10D – Health service functions: further provision

198.This section permits Scottish Ministers to delegate by order to HIS such of their functions in relation to the NHS as they think is appropriate. This might include, for example, conducting an investigation into serious failure in NHS care.

199.Under subsection (2), HIS is required to carry out tasks for bodies associated with the NHS that Scottish Ministers and the other health bodies agree they should undertake and in the manner that is agreed. When carrying out such tasks or exercising functions on behalf of the Scottish Ministers, HIS may enforce any rights acquired and will incur any liabilities and be fully responsible for those tasks and the exercise of those functions.

Section 10E – Independent health care functions

200.Subsections (1) and (2) create functions for HIS in relation to information on the availability and quality of independent health care services similar to those for NHS services described above for section 10C.

201.Subsection (3) provides a list of the sections which confer functions on HIS to be known as independent health care functions. These functions include the registration, regulation and inspection of independent healthcare services and conditions attached to those functions and the designation of authorised persons who may inspect independent health care services. Subsection (4) further explains what is meant by the independent health care functions of HIS for the purposes of the Act.

Section 10F – Meaning of “independent health care services”

202.Subsections (1) and (2) lists and provides detailed definitions for the services which are to be considered independent health care services for the purposes of the Act namely any independent hospital or clinic, any private psychiatric clinic or any independent medical agency, and any independent ambulance service.

Section 10G – Power to modify definitions

203.This section gives Scottish Ministers a power, following consultation, to amend by affirmative order the definition of an independent health care service. The power may be used to add to or remove from the range of defined services or to amend the definitions themselves.

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