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The Health Services (Pilot Schemes: Miscellaneous Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Amendment of the Health and Personal Social Services General Dental Services Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993

5.—(1) The Health and Personal Social Services General Dental Services Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(1) shall be amended in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(2) In regulation 2 (interpretation), at the appropriate place in alphabetical order, insert—

“the 1997 Order” means the Health Services (Primary Care) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997;;

  • “personal dental services” has the meaning assigned to it in Article 3(7) of the 1997 Order;;

“pilot dentist” means a dentist who performs personal dental services in connection with a pilot scheme;;

  • “pilot scheme” has the meaning assigned to it in Article 3(1) of the 1997 Order;;

“pilot scheme agreement” means an agreement which constitutes, or is one of the agreements which together constitute, a pilot scheme;.

(3) In regulation 5A (applications for vocational training numbers)(2), in paragraph (4)(d), after “Crown” insert “, or has performed personal dental services in connection with a pilot scheme,”.

(4) In regulation 8 (removal from a dental list), in paragraph (5)—

(a)omit “or” at the end of sub-paragraph (c)(3); and

(b)at the end of sub-paragraph (d), after “sickness”, add—

; or

(e)the dentist was performing personal dental services in connection with a pilot scheme.

(5) In regulation 20 (approval of payments), after paragraph (7) add—

(8) Where the Agency has made a payment to a pilot scheme provider for providing personal dental services to a patient, it shall not make any payment under these Regulations in relation to the same patient to the same pilot scheme provider, or to any dentist performing personal dental services in connection with that pilot scheme, unless the patient has been referred under these Regulations for treatment by way of personal dental services under that pilot scheme..

(6) In Schedule 2 (terms of service for dentists)—

(a)in paragraph 7 (repair or replacement of restorations), in sub-paragraph (1), after “transferred,” insert “has provided by way of personal dental services in connection with a pilot scheme or”;

(b)in paragraph 11—

(i)in sub-paragraph (1), for “sub-paragraph (4)” substitute “sub-paragraphs (4) and (7)”,

(ii)in sub-paragraph (4), for “Subject to paragraph 11A” substitute “Subject to sub-paragraph (7) and paragraph 11A”, and

(iii)after sub-paragraph (6), insert—

(7) Where—

(a)under Article 7 of the 1997 Order the Department has approved a proposal for a pilot scheme under which personal dental services are to be provided, or such a proposal has been subsequently varied with the agreement of the Department or, as the case may be, in a manner authorised by directions given by the Department under Article 8 of the 1997 Order(4); and

(b)under the proposal (or the varied proposal) a dentist named in it as a performer of personal dental services would treat a patient under the pilot scheme and not under a continuing care arrangement or a capitation arrangement,

the dentist shall give to him such notice of the termination of the arrangement as is required under the pilot scheme.;

(c)in each of paragraph 12 (referral to another dentist or to a hospital or other service) and paragraph 18 (referral for occasional treatment), in sub-paragraph (1), after “general dental services” insert “or personal dental services”; and

(d)in paragraph 14 (inability of dentist to complete care and treatment), after “control,” insert “or to his taking up the performance of personal dental services in connection with a pilot scheme”.


Regulation 5A was inserted by S.R. 1993 No. 401; a new paragraph (4)(d) was substituted by S.R. 1998 No. 245


The word “or”, and sub-paragraph (d), were added by S.R. 1995 No. 488


See the directions to Health and Social Services Boards concerning variations to pilot schemes (personal dental services), given by the Department of Health and Social Services on 21st August 1998

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