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Charges for Drugs and Appliances (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Charges for Drugs and Appliances (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 and shall come into operation on 1st April 1997.

(2) In these Regulations “the principal regulations” means the Health and Personal Social Services (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1973(1).

Amendment of regulation 3 of the principal Regulations

2.  In regulation 3 (supply of drugs and appliances by chemists) in paragraphs (1)(b) and (3) for “£5·50” there shall be substituted “£5·65”.

Amendment of regulation 5 of the principal Regulations

3.  In regulation 5(1)(b) (supply of drugs and appliances by doctors) for “£5·50” there shall be substituted “£5·65”.

Amendment of regulation 6 of the principal Regulations

4.  In regulation 6(4) (prepayment certificates) for “£28·50” there shall be substituted “£29·30” and for “£78·40” there shall be substituted “£80·50”.

Amendment of regulation 7 of the principal Regulations

5.  In regulation 7 (supply of drugs and certain appliances to out-patients by hospitals)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(b) for “£5·50” there shall be substituted “£5·65”;

(b)in paragraphs (2)(b) and (3) for “£5·50” there shall be substituted “£5·65”.

Amendment of Schedules to the principal Regulations

6.—(1) In Schedule 1 for “£5·50” there shall be substituted “£5·65” and for “£11·00” there shall be substituted “£11·30”.

(2) In Schedule 1A(2) for “£11·00” there shall be substituted “£11·30”.

(3) For Schedule 2 there shall be substituted the following Schedule—

SCHEDULE 2Charges for Wigs and Fabric Supports

(1)(2)
DescriptionCharges
Surgical Brassiere£19·75
Abdominal or Spinal Support£29·05
Stock Modacrylic Wig£47·00
Partial Human Hair Wig£123·00
Full Bespoke Human Hair Wig£179·50

Transitional provisions

7.  Where on or after 1st April 1997—

(a)any appliance specified in Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations is supplied pursuant to an order given before that date; or

(b)any prepayment certificate is granted under regulation 6 of the principal Regulations pursuant to an application under that Regulation which was received before that date,

the principal Regulations shall have effect in relation to that supply or, as the case may be, that grant as if regulations 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of these Regulations had not come into force.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health and Social Services on

L.S.

Joan Dixon

Assistant Secretary

6th March 1997.

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby approves the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on

L.S.

J. G. Sullivan

Assistant Secretary

6th March 1997.

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