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The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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Late payment notices

63.—(1) The provider may give notice in writing (a “late payment notice”) to the Health Board if the Board has failed to make any payments due to the provider in accordance with a term of the agreement that has the effect specified in regulation 20 and the provider shall specify in the late payment notice the payments that the Board has failed to make in accordance with that regulation.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the provider may, at least 28 days after having served a late payment notice, terminate the agreement by a further written notice if the Health Board has still failed to make the payments due to the provider, and that were specified in the late payment notice served on the Health Board pursuant to sub-paragraph (1).

(3) If, following receipt of a late payment notice, the Health Board refers the matter to the NHS dispute resolution procedure within 28 days of the date upon which it is served with the late payment notice, and it notifies the provider in writing that it has done so within that period of time, the provider may not terminate the agreement pursuant to sub-paragraph (2) until–

(a)there has been a determination of the dispute pursuant to paragraph 57 and that determination permits the provider to terminate the agreement; or

(b)the Health Board ceases to pursue the NHS dispute resolution procedure,

whichever is the sooner.

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