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National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

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PART IIIOther Services and Facilities

36Accommodation and services

(1)It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to provide throughout Scotland, to such extent as he considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements, accommodation and services of the following descriptions—

(a)hospital accommodation, including accommodation at state hospitals;

(b)premises other than hospitals at which facilities are available for any of the services provided under this Act;

(c)medical, nursing and other services, whether in such accommodation or premises, in the home of the patient or elsewhere.

(2)Where accommodation or premises provided under this section afford facilities for the provision of general medical, general dental or general ophthalmic services, or of pharmaceutical services, they shall be made available for those services on such terms and conditions as the Secretary of State may determine.

37Prevention of illness, care and after-care

The Secretary of State shall make arrangements, to such extent as he considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements, for the purposes of the prevention of illness, the care of persons suffering from illness or the after-care of such persons.

38Care of mothers and young children

It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to make arrangements, to such extent as he considers necessary, for the care, including in particular medical and dental care, of expectant mothers and nursing mothers and of young children.

39Medical and dental inspection, supervision and treatment of pupils and young persons

(1)It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to provide for the medical and dental inspection, at appropriate intervals, and for the medical and dental supervision, of all pupils in attendance at any school under the management of an education authority, and of all young persons in attendance at any junior college or other educational establishment under such management.

(2)It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to make such arrangements as are necessary for securing that there are available for such pupils and young persons as aforesaid comprehensive facilities for free medical and dental treatment.

(3)It shall be the duty of every education authority to make arrangements for encouraging and assisting pupils and young persons to take advantage of facilities for medical and dental treatment made available under subsection (2); but where, in the case of any pupil or young person, his parent gives notice to the authority that he objects to the pupil or young person availing himself of the said facilities, the pupil or young person shall not be encouraged or assisted to do so.

(4)It shall be the duty of every education authority to afford sufficient and suitable facilities for the medical and dental inspection, supervision and treatment, described in subsections (1) and (2).

(5)Expressions used in this section and in the [1962 c. 47.] Education (Scotland) Act 1962 have in this section the same meanings as in that Act.

40Vaccination and immunisation

(1)The Secretary of State shall have power to make arrangements with medical practitioners for the vaccination or immunisation of persons against any disease, either by medical practitioners or by persons acting under their direction and control.

(2)In making arrangements under this section, the Secretary of State shall, in so far as is reasonably practicable, give every medical practitioner providing general medical services under Part II an opportunity to provide services under this section.

(3)The Secretary of State may, either directly or by another person, supply free of charge to medical practitioners providing services under this section, vaccines, sera or other preparations for vaccinating or immunising persons against any disease.

41Family planning

It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to make arrangements, to such extent as he considers necessary, for the giving of advice on contraception, the medical examination of persons seeking advice on contraception, the treatment of such persons and the supply of contraceptive substances or appliances.

42Health education

The Secretary of State shall have power to disseminate, by whatever means, information relating to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention of illness.

43Control of spread of infectious disease

The Secretary of State may provide or secure the provision of a service, which may include the provision of laboratories, for the control of the spread of infectious disease; and he may allow persons to make use of services provided at such laboratories on such terms (including terms as to the payment of charges) and on such conditions as he may determine.

44Supplies of blood and other substances

(1)Where the Secretary of State has acquired supplies of human blood for the purpose of carrying out blood transfusion, or supplies of any other substances or preparations not readily obtainable or has acquired any part of a human body for the purpose of, or in the course of providing, any service under this Act, he may make arrangements for making such supplies available to medical practitioners and other persons who require them or for supplying that part to any person on such terms (including terms as to the payment of charges) and on such conditions as he may determine.

(2)Subsection (1) is subject to section 54 (restriction of powers).

45Ambulances

It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to make such provision as he thinks necessary for securing that ambulances and other means of transport are available for the conveyance of persons suffering from illness or of expectant or nursing mothers or of other persons for whom such transport is reasonably required in order to avail themselves of any service under this Act.

46Provision of vehicles for persons suffering from physical defect or disability

(1)The Secretary of State may provide invalid carriages for persons appearing to him to be suffering from severe physical defect or disability, and, at the request of such a person, may provide for him a vehicle other than an invalid carriage.

(2)The Secretary of State shall have power, in the case of an invalid carriage or other vehicle provided by him for, or belonging to, any such person as is mentioned in subsection (1), on such terms and subject to such conditions as he may determine—

(a)to adapt the vehicle for the purpose of making it suitable for the circumstances of that person;

(b)to maintain and repair the vehicle;

(c)to take out insurance policies relating to the vehicle and pay the duty, if any, with which the vehicle is chargeable under the [1971 c. 10.] Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971;

(d)to provide a structure for the keeping of the vehicle therein and provide all material and execute all works necessary for the erection of the structure.

(3)The Secretary of State may, on such terms and subject to such conditions as he may determine, make payments by way of grant towards costs incurred by any such person as is mentioned in subsection (1) in respect of all or any of the following matters in relation to an invalid carriage or other vehicle provided by the Secretary of State for, or belonging to, that person, that is to say—

(a)the taking of any such action as is referred to in subsection (2);

(b)the purchase of fuel for the purposes of the vehicle, so far as the cost of the purchase is attributable to duties of excise payable in respect of fuel; and

(c)the taking of instruction in the driving of the vehicle.

(4)Regulations made by the Secretary of State may provide for any incidental or supplementary matter for which it appears to him necessary or expedient to make provision in connection with the taking of any action under subsection (2) or the making of any payment under subsection (3).

(5)In this section " invalid carriage " means a mechanically propelled vehicle specially designed and constructed, and not merely adapted, for the use of a person suffering from some physical defect or disability, and used solely by such a person.

47Educational and research facilities

(1)It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to make available such facilities, in any premises provided by him under this Act, as appear to him to be reasonably required for undergraduate and post-graduate clinical teaching and research, and for the education and training of persons providing or intending to provide services under this Act.

(2)Without prejudice to the general powers and duties conferred or imposed on the Secretary of State under the [1919 c. 20.] Scottish Board of Health Act 1919, the Secretary of State may conduct, or assist by grants or otherwise any person to conduct, research into any matters relating to the causation, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness, or into such other matters relating to the health service as he thinks fit.

48Residential and practice accommodation

(1)The Secretary of State may provide, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, residential accommodation for officers employed for the purposes of any of his functions under this Act, or for officers employed by a voluntary organisation for the purposes of any service provided under this Part.

(2)The Secretary of State may, in any case, in view of the special circumstances thereof, provide, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed—

(a)residential accommodation for medical and dental practitioners providing services under Part II;

(b)practice accommodation for such medical and dental practitioners and for such other persons providing services under this Act as he thinks fit.

(3)In subsection (2) " practice accommodation ", in relation to a person providing services of any kind, means accommodation suitable for the provision of services of that kind.

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