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[F1[F2Primary medical services or personal] dental services: regulationsN.I.

15D.(1) The Department may make regulations with respect to the provision of services in accordance with Article 15B arrangements.

(2) The regulations must—

(a)include provision for participants other than Health and Social Services Boards to withdraw from Article 15B arrangements if they wish to do so;

(b)impose conditions (including conditions as to qualifications and experience) to be satisfied byF3. . . dental practitioners performing personal dental services, in accordance with Article 15B arrangements.

In sub-paragraph (b) “practitioner” does not include a practitioner who is undergoing training of a prescribed description.

(3) The regulations may, in particular—

(a)provide that Article 15B arrangements may be made only in prescribed circumstances;

(b)provide that Article 15B arrangements may be made only in prescribed areas;

(c)provide that only prescribed services, or prescribed categories of service, may be provided in accordance with Article 15B arrangements;

[F4(ca)impose conditions (including conditions as to qualifications and experience) to be satisfied by persons performing primary medical services in accordance with Article 15B arrangements;]

(d)require details of Article 15B arrangements to be published;

(e)make provision with respect to the variation and termination of Article 15B arrangements;

sub-paras. (f) and (g) rep. by 2004 NI 2

(h)provide for parties to Article 15B arrangements to be treated, in such circumstances and to such extent as may be prescribed, as [F5health care] bodies for the purposes of Article 8 of the 1991 Order;

(i)provide for directions, as to payments, made under Article 8(8) of the 1991 Order (as it has effect as a result of regulations made by virtue of sub-paragraph (h)) to be enforceable in a county court (if the court so orders) as if they were judgments or orders of that court;

(j)authorise Health and Social Services Boards to make[F6 with respect to the provision of personal dental services] payments of financial assistance for prescribed categories of preparatory work undertaken⿿

(i)in connection with preparing proposals for Article 15B arrangements; or

(ii)in preparation for the provision of services under proposed Article 15B arrangements.

[F7(3A) The regulations may also require payments to be made under Article 15B arrangements in accordance with directions given for the purpose by the Department.

(3B) A direction under paragraph (3A) may make provision having effect from a date before the date of the direction, provided that, having regard to the direction as a whole, the provision is not detrimental to the persons to whose remuneration it relates.

(3C) The regulations may also include provision requiring a Health and Social Services Board, in prescribed circumstances and subject to prescribed conditions, to enter into a general medical services contract on prescribed terms with any person providing services under Article 15B arrangements who so requests.

(3D) The regulations may also include provision for the resolution of disputes as to the terms of any proposed Article 15B arrangements, and in particular may make provision—

(a)for the referral of the terms of the proposed arrangements to the Department; and

(b)for the Department, or a person appointed by it, to determine the terms on which the arrangements may be entered into.

(3E) The regulations shall provide for the circumstances in which a person providing primary medical services under Article 15B arrangements—

(a)shall or may accept a person as a patient to whom such services are so provided;

(b)may decline to accept a person as such a patient;

(c)may terminate his responsibility for a patient.

(3F) The regulations shall make provision as to the right of patients to choose the persons from whom they are to receive services under Article 15B arrangements.]

  • Para. (4) rep. by 2001 c.3 (NI)

  • Para. (5) rep. by 2004 NI 2

(6) Regulations which impose conditions on persons performing[F8 primary medical services] or persons performing personal dental services (whether made by virtue of paragraph (2)(b) or otherwise) may, in particular, include provision of a kind that may be made by regulations under Article 8 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.

Para. (7) rep. by 2004 NI 2]

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