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12.—(1) Notwithstanding section 127(2) of the 2003 Act, where for the period immediately before 5th October 2005 a 1995 Act patient has been granted leave of absence under section 27 of the 1984 Act, whether or not that leave has been extended, that patient shall be treated as if a certificate had been granted under section 127(1) of the 2003 Act for the period of absence granted under section 27 except that the total period of absence shall be no more than 12 months from the first day of absence or 9 months from 5th October 2005, whichever expires earlier.
(2) Any direction made or condition imposed under section 27(3) of the 1984 Act in connection with a 1995 Act patient shall be deemed to be a condition included in a certificate granted under section 127(1) of the 2003 Act.
(3) Where immediately before 5th October 2005 the Commission has not been notified of a grant of leave of absence or an extension of leave of absence under section 27(4) of the 1984 Act, the responsible medical officer shall, before the expiry of the period of 14 days beginning with the day of the granting of leave or extension, give notice of it to the Commission.
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