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Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges and Optical Charges and Payments and General Ophthalmic Services (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges and Optical Charges and Payments and General Ophthalmic Services (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 and shall come into operation on 6th April 2004.

(2) In these Regulations –

“the Travelling Expenses Regulations” means the Health and Personal Social Services (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004(1);

“the Optical Regulations” means the Health and Personal Social Services (Optical Charges and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(2);

“the Ophthalmic Regulations” means the Health and Personal Social Services (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1986(3); and

“the Charges Regulations” means the Health and Personal Social Services (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(4).

Amendment of regulation 5 of the Travelling Expenses Regulations

2.  In regulation 5(2)(d) of the Travelling Expenses Regulations (entitlement to full remission and payment) for “requirements equal or exceed his income resources” there is substituted “income resources do not exceed his requirements or exceed his requirements by fifty per cent or less of the amount of the charge specified in regulation 3(1)(b) (supply of drugs and appliances by chemists) of the Charges Regulations”.

Amendment of the Optical Regulations and the Ophthalmic Regulations

3.—(1) In regulation 8(3)(e) of the Optical Regulations (eligibility – supply of optical appliances) after “requirements as so calculated” there is inserted “or exceed his requirements as so calculated by fifty per cent or less of the amount of the charge specified in regulation 3(1)(b) (supply of drugs and appliances by chemists) of the Charges Regulations”.

(2) In regulation 15(2)(e) of the Ophthalmic Regulations (sight tests – eligibility) after “requirements as so calculated” there is inserted “or exceed his requirements as so calculated by fifty per cent or less of the amount of the charge specified in regulation 3(1)(b) (supply of drugs and appliances by chemists) of the Charges Regulations”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 2nd April 2004.

L.S.

Dr. J. F. Livingstone

Senior Officer of the

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 2nd April 2004.

L.S.

Michael Brennan

Senior Officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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