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The Health and Social Care Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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7.—(1) Where a medical practitioner or a non-GP provider (the member) is engaged under a contract of service or for services by an employing authority or is a partner or shareholder in an employing authority that is not an OOH provider, the authority must—

(a)deduct contributions payable under regulation 30 or 31 (as the case may be) from any pensionable earnings it pays to the member, and

(b)where the employing authority is not the RHSCB, pay those contributions to the RHSCB.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (7), where a medical practitioner or a non-GP provider is—

(a)an employing authority which is a GMS practice or an APMS contractor; or

(b)a shareholder or partner in such an employing authority,

the employing authority must pay contributions under regulation 32 to the RHSCB.

(3) Where a medical practitioner or non-GP provider is a shareholder or partner in more than one employing authority referred to in sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)in the case of a medical practitioner, each such employing authority must pay contributions under regulation 32 on any pensionable earnings it pays to the practitioner or, as the case may be, on the practitioner’s or non-GP provider’s share of the partnership profits, to the RHSCB;

(b)in the case of a non-GP provider, the employing authority to which regulation 27(3)(b) applies must pay contributions under regulation 32 on any pensionable earnings it pays to the non-GP provider or, as the case may be, on the non-GP provider’s share of the partnership profits, to the RHSCB.

(4) Where sub-paragraph (1) applies (but sub-paragraph (2) does not) and the employing authority referred to in sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)is not the RHSCB, the authority must pay contributions under regulation 32 to the RHSCB;

(b)is the RHSCB, the RHSCB must pay contributions under regulation 32 to the scheme manager in respect of any pensionable earnings it pays to the practitioner.

(5) Where a practitioner (other than a locum practitioner) is engaged under a contract of service or for services by an employing authority, that authority must—

(a)deduct contributions under regulation 31 from any pensionable earnings it pays to the practitioner; and

(b)in the case of a medical practitioner who belongs to any of groups A tor B in regulation 27(1), where it is not also the RHSCB, pay those contributions to the RHSCB.

(6) Where sub-paragraph (5) applies, if the employing authority—

(a)is not the RHSCB, the authority must pay contributions under regulation 32 to the RHSCB;

(b)is the RHSCB, the RHSCB must pay contributions under regulation 32 or deducted under regulation 30(5) or 31(7) to the scheme manager in respect of any pensionable earnings it pays to the practitioner.

(7) A locum practitioner must pay contributions under regulation 31 to the RHSCB.

(8) Where contributions are payable by a locum practitioner under sub-paragraph (7) in respect of pensionable locum work carried out for an employing authority which is—

(a)the RHSCB;

(b)a GMS Practice; or

(c)an APMS contractor,

the RHSCB shall pay contributions payable under regulation 32 in respect of such a practitioner.

(9) Sub-paragraph (10) applies where, as regards a medical practitioner, an employing authority—

(a)is not the RHSCB, it is a function of the employing authority to provide the RHSCB with a record of any—

(i)pensionable earnings paid by it to a practitioner;

(ii)contributions deducted by it in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) or (5),

not later than the 7th day of the month following the month in which the earnings were paid;

(b)is the RHSCB that has deducted contributions in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) or (5) and is liable to pay contributions under regulation 32 in respect of any pensionable earnings it pays to a practitioner.

(10) It is a function of the RHSCB to maintain a record of—

(a)the matters referred to in sub-paragraph (9)(a)(i) and (ii);

(b)contributions paid to it by a medical practitioner; and

(c)contributions paid to it by a locum practitioner.

(11) It is a function of the RHSCB to pay the contributions—

(a)paid to it by a medical practitioner or locum practitioner;

(b)paid to it by another employing authority; and

(c)it is liable to pay by virtue of sub-paragraphs (4)(b) and (6)(b),

in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph, to the scheme manager not later than the 19th day of the month following the month in which the earnings were paid.

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