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Charges for Drugs and Appliances (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Charges for Drugs and Appliances (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and shall come into operation on 1st April 2000.

(2) In these Regulations, “the principal Regulations” means the Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(1).

Amendment of regulation 2 of the principal Regulations

2.  In regulation 2 (interpretation) for the definition of “prescription form”, substitute—

  • “prescription form” means a form provided by the Agency or a prescription form provided under equivalent arrangements having effect in England, Scotland or Wales, and issued by—

    (a)

    a doctor or dentist under the provisions of his terms of service; or

    (b)

    a doctor performing personal medical services or a dentist performing personal dental services in connection with a pilot scheme; or

    (c)

    a nurse subscriber,

    to enable a person to obtain pharmaceutical services;.

Amendment of regulation 3 of the principal Regulations

3.  In regulation 3 (supply of drugs and appliances by chemists)—

(a)in paragraphs (1)(a), (b) and (3) for “£5·90” there shall be substituted “£6·00”; and

(b)in paragraph (1)(a) for “£11·80” there shall be substituted “£12·00”.

Amendment of regulation 4 of the principal Regulations

4.  In regulation 4 (supply of drugs and appliances by doctors)—

(a)in paragraphs (1)(a), (b) and (3) for “£5·90” there shall be substituted “£6·00”; and

(b)in paragraph (1)(a) for “£11·80” there shall be substituted “£12·00”.

Amendment of regulation 5 of the principal Regulations

5.  In regulation 5 (supply of drugs and appliances by a Board or an HSS trust)—

(a)in paragraphs (1)(a), (d) and (3) for “£5·90” there shall be substituted “£6·00”; and

(b)in paragraphs (1)(a) and (c) for “£11·80” there shall be substituted “£12·00”.

Amendment of regulation 7 of the principal Regulations

6.  In regulation 7 (exemptions)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(d) after “1976(a)” there shall be added “or with a valid exemption certificate issued under equivalent arrangements having effect in England, Scotland or Wales”; and

(b)in paragraph 1(g) after “certificate” there shall be added “or with a valid pre-payment certificate granted under equivalent arrangements having effect in England, Scotland or Wales”.

Amendment of regulation 9 of the principal Regulations

7.  In regulation 9(5) (pre-payment certificates) for “£30·80” there shall be substituted “£31·40” and for “£84·60” there shall be substituted “£86·20”.

Amendment of Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations

8.  For Schedule 1 there shall be substituted the following—

SCHEDULE 1Charges for Fabric Supports and Wigs

Column (1)Column (2)
Specified ApplianceSpecified Charge
Surgical Brassiere£20·30
Abdominal or Spinal Support£30·50
Stock Modacrylic Wig£49·90
Partial Human Hair Wig£131·50
Full Bespoke Human Hair Wig£192·20.

Transitional provisions

9.  Where, on or after 1st April 2000—

(a)any appliance specified in Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations is supplied pursuant to an order given before that date; or

(b)any pre-payment certificate is granted under regulation 9 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 regulation 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 of these Regulations had not come into operation.

Revocation

10.  Regulation 2(3)(a) and (b), (4)(a) and (b), (5)(a) and (b), (7) and (8) of the Charges for Drugs and Appliances and Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 are hereby revoked(2).

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 6th March 2000.

L.S.

D. A. Baker

A senior officer of the

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

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

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 6th March 2000.

L.S.

J. G. Sullivan

A senior officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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