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The National Health Service (Functions of the Common Services Agency) (Scotland) Order 2008

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Functions of the Agency

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2.  The functions of the Agency are to:

(a)examine, check and price prescriptions for drugs, medicines and appliances supplied under the arrangements for the provision of pharmaceutical services;

(b)provide accommodation of the kind referred to in section 36(1) of the Act for the functions of the Agency and, if so directed by Scottish Ministers, for the functions of Health Boards and Special Health Boards;

(c)provide such services relating to the exercise by Scottish Ministers, Health Boards or Special Health Boards of functions under section 36(1) or section 48 of the Act as they may require;

(d)procure equipment, supplies and services in support of the functions of the Scottish Ministers, Health Boards and Special Health Boards;

(e)exercise the power of the Scottish Ministers under section 40(1) of the Act to make arrangements with medical practitioners for the vaccination or immunisation of persons against yellow fever, either by medical practitioners or by persons acting under their control;

(f)provide information, advice and management services in support of the functions of Scottish Ministers, Health Boards and Special Health Boards other than where the Health Protection Agency is exercising functions under the Health Protection Agency (Scottish Health Functions) Order 2006(1);

(g)exercise the functions of the Scottish Ministers under section 44 of the Act to provide supplies of human blood for the purposes of carrying out blood transfusion, or provide material which has come from a human body and consists of, or includes, human cells, and provide related services for the purpose of, or in the course of, providing any service in relation to the health service;

(h)provide staff, accommodation and other facilities required by the Scottish Dental Practice Board to enable the Board to discharge its duties with respect to the approval of estimates of dental treatment and appliances;

(i)co ordinate personnel policies, including, to such extent as may be agreed with Health Boards and Special Health Boards, arrangements for appointment, training and planned movement of staff and the organisation of and participation in training;

(j)collect and disseminate epidemiological data and participate in epidemiological investigations;

(k)provide legal services to Health Boards and Special Health Boards;

(l)prevent, detect and investigate fraud or other irregularities in relation to the health service;

(m)exercise the powers of the Scottish Ministers under section 79(1) of the Act(2) to take on lease or to purchase by agreement moveable property and land which is required for the functions of the Agency and to use for those functions and manage any heritable or moveable property so acquired; and

(n)exercise the powers of the Scottish Ministers under section 79(1A) of the Act(3) to dispose of land no longer required for the functions of the Agency.

(1)

S.S.I. 2006/559 as amended by S.S.I. 2007/316.

(2)

Section 79(2A) clarifies the powers of the Scottish Ministers under section 79(1).

(3)

Section 79(1A) was amended by the Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 7), section 14(2) and Schedule 5. Section 79(2A) clarifies the powers of the Scottish Ministers under section 79(1A).

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