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The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2001

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Supply of drugs and appliances by doctors

4.—(1) A doctor, who provides pharmaceutical services to a patient in pursuance of the provisions of regulation 34 of the General Medical Services Regulations (and otherwise than under paragraph 15(1) of Schedule 1 to those Regulations) shall make and recover from that patient–

(a)in respect of the supply of an appliance specified in column 1 of Schedule 1 a charge in the sum specified in column 2 of Schedule 1 in respect of that appliance; and

(b)in any other case, in respect of the supply of each quantity of a drug and each appliance not so specified, a charge in the sum specified in regulation 3(1)(b),

except where the patient or a person on the patient’s behalf declares that the patient is entitled to exemption.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation where a doctor supplies a quantity of a drug by instalments during a period of not more than 14 days, only one charge shall be payable and it shall be payable upon the supply of the first instalment.

(3) A doctor shall be under no obligation to supply drugs or appliances in respect of which the doctor is required by the provisions of paragraph (1) to make and recover a charge, unless the doctor is first paid by the patient the charge prescribed by paragraph (1)(a) or (1)(b), or the exception set out in paragraph (1) is applicable.

(4) A doctor shall as soon as practicable after the end of each month send a sum of money equal to the total of the charges required to be made and recovered by the doctor pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (1) during that month to the Board on whose medical list the doctor is included, or, if the doctor is included on more than one medical list, to the Board which pursuant to the provisions of the Statement published under regulation 35 of the General Medical Services Regulations causes payment to be made to the doctor for the provision of general medical services on behalf of all the Boards concerned.

(5) A doctor who makes and recovers a charge under paragraphs (1) or (2) shall, if so required by the patient, give the patient a receipt for the amount received on a form provided for the purpose by the Board which contains forms of declaration in support of an application for repayment.

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