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The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (Establishment of the Scottish Health Council) Regulations 2005

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1.—(1) These regulations may be cited as the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (Establishment of the Scottish Health Council) Regulations 2005 and shall come into force on 1st April 2005.

(2) In these regulations–

“the Act” means the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;

“the Board” means the Special Health Board known as NHS Quality Improvement Scotland constituted by the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Order 2002(1);

“the committee” means the committee to be known as the Scottish Health Council, established by virtue of regulation 2(a) of these Regulations.

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2.  The Board shall–

(a)establish a committee to be known as the Scottish Health Council; and

(b)delegate to the committee the function of supporting, ensuring and monitoring–

(i)the discharge of the duty under section 2B of the Act (duty to encourage public involvement) by each body to whom that section applies, other than the Board(2); and

(ii)the discharge of the duty under section 2D of the Act (duty to discharge functions in a manner that encourages equal opportunities and in particular the observance of the equal opportunity requirements)(3) by each body to whom that section applies, other than the Board, insofar as the discharge of that duty is relevant, and relates directly, to–

(aa)the quality of healthcare provided or secured by the National Health Service in Scotland; or

(bb)the discharge of the duty under section 2B of the Act.

3.  In exercising the functions conferred on it by virtue of paragraph 2(b) of these Regulations, the committee shall comply with such directions as may be given by the Board and directions may be given generally or to meet the circumstances of a particular matter.

ANDREW P KERR

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh

1st March 2005

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