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The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

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117.—(1) The contractor must keep a register of gifts which—

(a)are given to any of the persons specified in sub-paragraph (2) by or on behalf of—

(i)a patient;

(ii)a relative of a patient; or

(iii)any person who provides or wishes to provide services to the contractor or its patients in connection with the contract; and

(b)have, in its reasonable opinion, an individual value of more than £100.00.

(2) The persons referred to in sub-paragraph (1) are—

(a)the contractor;

(b)where the contract is with a partnership, any partner;

(c)where the contract is with a limited liability partnership, any member of the limited liability partnership;

(d)where the contract is with a company—

(i)any member of the company; or

(ii)a director or secretary of the company;

(e)any person employed by the contractor for the purposes of the contract;

(f)any general medical practitioner engaged by the contractor for the purposes of the contract;

(g)any spouse or civil partner of a contractor (where the contractor is an individual medical practitioner) or of a person specified in paragraphs (b) to (f); or

(h)any person whose relationship with a contractor (where the contractor is an individual medical practitioner) or with a person specified in paragraphs (b) to (f) has the characteristics of the relationship between spouses or civil partners.

(3) Sub‑paragraph (1) does not apply where—

(a)there are reasonable grounds for believing that the gift is unconnected with services provided or to be provided by the contractor;

(b)the contractor is not aware of the gift; or

(c)the contractor is not aware that the donor wishes to provide services to the contractor.

(4) The contractor must take reasonable steps to ensure that it is informed of gifts which fall within sub‑paragraph (1) and which are given to the persons specified in sub-paragraph (2)(b) to (h).

(5) The register referred to in sub‑paragraph (1) must include the following information:—

(a)the name of the donor;

(b)in a case where the donor is a patient, the patient’s National Health Service number or, if the number is not known, the patient’s address;

(c)in any other case, the address of the donor;

(d)the nature of the gift;

(e)the estimated value of the gift; and

(f)the name of the person or persons who received the gift.

(6) The contractor must make the register available to the Health Board on request.

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