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The National Health Service (General Medical Services Supplementary Lists) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

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3.—(1) A practitioner shall be responsible for the treatment of such of the principal’s patients as the principal requires and subject to and in accordance with any requirements or conditions imposed on the principal by the 1995 Regulations; and the practitioner shall in so assisting be expected to display the skill, knowledge and care appropriate to the nature of the assistance which the practitioner provides.

(2) The skill, knowledge and care which a practitioner shall be expected to display in any circumstances required by this Schedule shall not be higher than that which a principal might reasonably be expected to exercise.

(3) If requested to provide treatment, and available, a practitioner shall provide treatment immediately required, by reason of accident or other emergency, to a person who is not on the list of, and who has not been accepted as a temporary resident by or assigned to, any medical practitioner practising in the locality, or who is on the list of or has been accepted as a temporary resident by or assigned to, such a practitioner, but neither the said practitioner nor any deputy who may have been appointed is available.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in this paragraph, a practitioner shall not be responsible under these terms of service for the treatment in hospital of a person admitted thereto for treatment by the staff of the hospital.

(5) In its application to a practitioner who is a GP Registrar, this paragraph shall only require the performance of services under the supervision, or in accordance with the instructions, of the principal and the level of skill, knowledge and care expected shall only be that normally expected of a GP Registrar at the appropriate level of training.

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