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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2016 No. 335

Health And Personal Social Services

The Optical Charges and Payments (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

Made

16th September 2016

Coming into operation

10th October 2016

The Department of Health(1) makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 62, 98, 106 and 107(6) of, and Schedule 15 to, the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972(2), with the approval of the Department of Finance.

In accordance with Article 62(3) of that Order it has consulted with such organisations as appear to it to be representative of medical practitioners practising as ophthalmic medical practitioners and ophthalmic opticians.

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Optical Charges and Payments (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 and shall come into operation on 10th October 2016.

(2) In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the Health and Personal Social Services (Optical Charges and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(3).

Amendment of regulation 19 of the principal Regulations

2.—(1) In regulation 19 of the principal Regulations (redemption value of voucher for replacement or repair)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(b) for “£56.40” substitute “£57.00”; and

(b)in paragraph (3) for “£14.50” substitute “£14.80”.

Amendments of the Schedules to the principal Regulations

3.—(1) In Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations (voucher letter codes and face values – supply and replacement)(4), in column 3 (face value of voucher), for each amount specified in column 1 of the Table below (old amount) substitute the amount specified in relation to it in column 2 of that Table (new amount).

Table

Column 1

Old Amount

Column 2

New Amount

£38.70£39.10
£58.70£59.30
£86.00£86.90
£194.10£196.00
£66.80£67.50
£84.80£85.60
£110.10£111.20
£213.40£215.50
£198.80£200.80

(2) In Schedule 2(5) to the principal Regulations (prisms, tints, photochromic lenses, small and special glasses and complex appliances)—

(a)in paragraph 1(1)(a) (prism – single vision lens) for “£12.50” substitute “£12.60”;

(b)in paragraph 1(1)(b) (prism – other lens) for “£15.20” substitute “£15.40”;

(c)in paragraph 1(1)(c) (single vision tinted lens) for “£4.10” substitute “£4.40”;

(d)in paragraph 1(1)(d) (other tinted lens) for “£4.60” substitute “£4.90”;

(e)in paragraph 1(1)(e) (small glasses)—

(i)in sub-head (i) for “£63.60” substitute “£64.20”;

(ii)in sub-head (ii) for “£56.40” substitute “£57.00”;

(iii)in sub-head (iii) for “£30.50” substitute “£30.80”;

(f)in paragraph 1(1)(g) (specially manufactured frames) for “£63.60” substitute “£64.20”;

(g)in paragraph 2(a) (minimum complex appliance payment — single vision lenses) for “£14.50” substitute “£14.60”; and

(h)in paragraph 2(b) (minimum complex appliance payment — other cases) for “£37.00” substitute “£37.40”.

(3) For Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations (voucher value repair)(6), substitute the Schedule as set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

Application of Regulations 2 and 3

4.  The amendments made in regulations 2 and 3 apply only in relation to a voucher accepted or used pursuant to regulation 12 or regulation 17 of the principal Regulations on or after 10th October 2016.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health on 16th September 2016.

Legal seal

Sharon Gallagher

A senior officer of the Department of Health

The Department of Finance hereby approves the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance on 16th September 2016.

Legal seal

Emer Morelli

A senior officer of the Department of Finance

Regulation 3(3)

SCHEDULESCHEDULE 3 TO THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS AS SUBSTITUTED BY THESE REGULATIONS

REGULATION 19(2) AND (3)

SCHEDULE 3VOUCHER VALUE REPAIR

Letter Codes - Values
Nature of repair

A

£

B

£

C

£

D

£

E

£

F

£

G

£

H

£

I

£

Repair or replacement of one lens12.1522.2536.0590.6026.3535.4048.20100.3593.00
Repair or replacement of two lenses24.3044.5072.10181.2052.7070.8096.40200.70186.00
Repair or replacement of:
the front of a frame12.4512.4512.4512.4512.4512.4512.4512.4512.45
a side of a frame7.357.357.357.357.357.357.357.357.35
the whole frame14.8014.8014.8014.8014.8014.8014.8014.8014.80

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations further amend the Health and Personal Social Services (Optical Charges and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 (“the principal Regulations”) which provide for payment to be made, by means of a voucher system, in respect of costs incurred by certain categories of persons in connection with the supply, replacement and repair of optical appliances.

Regulation 2 amends regulation 19 of the principal Regulations to increase the redemption value of a voucher issued towards the cost of replacement of a single contact lens and to increase the maximum contribution by way of a voucher to the cost of repair of a frame.

Regulation 3 and the Schedule amend Schedules 1, 2 and 3 to the principal Regulations. Firstly, the value of vouchers issued towards the costs of supply and replacement of glasses and contact lenses is increased; secondly, the additional values for vouchers for prisms, tints, photochromic lenses and special categories of appliances are increased; and thirdly, the value of vouchers issued towards the cost of repair and replacement of optical appliances is increased.

Regulation 4 provides that the increases contained in regulation 2 and 3 apply only in relation to vouchers accepted or used on or after 10th October 2016.

(1)

See 2016 c. 5 (N.I.) Section 1(5)

(2)

S.I. 1972/1265 (N.I. 14) as amended by Articles 3 and 17 of, and Schedules 1 and 6 to, the Health and Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 (S.I. 1984/1158 (N.I. 8)); Article 14(2) of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 (S.I. 1988/594 (N.I. 2)); Article 8 of the Health and Medicines (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 (S.I. 1988/2249 (N.I. 24)); Article 34 of, and Part II of Schedule 5 to, the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 (S.I. 1991/194 (N.I. 1)), there are other amendments which are not relevant

(4)

Schedule 1 was substituted by the Schedule to S.R. 1999 No. 111, and last amended by S.R. 2015 No. 266

(5)

Schedule 2 was last amended by regulation 3(1) of S.R. 2015 No. 266

(6)

Schedule 3 was substituted by regulation 3(3) of, and the Schedule to, S.R. 2015 No. 266

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