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35 Indicative amounts for doctors’ practices.S

After the sections inserted in the 1978 Act by section 34 above there shall be inserted the following section—

Indicative amountsS
87D Indicative amounts for doctors’ practices.

(1)Subject to subsection (2), for each financial year every Health Board shall, by notice in writing given to each practice in relation to the members of which it is the relevant Health Board, specify an amount of money (in this Act referred to as an “indicative amount”) representing the basic price of the drugs, medicines and listed appliances which, in the opinion of the Board, it is reasonable to expect will be supplied in that year pursuant to orders given by or on behalf of the members of that practice.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply with respect to a practice which is or forms part of a fund-holding practice recognised under section 87A.

(3)For the purposes of this section, a “practice” means—

(a)a single medical practitioner who practises otherwise than in partnership; or

(b)any two or more medical practitioners who practise in partnership;

and any reference to the members of a practice shall be construed accordingly.

(4)The members of a practice shall seek to secure that, except with the consent of the relevant Health Board or for good cause, the orders for drugs, medicines and listed appliances given by them or on their behalf are such that the basic price of the items supplied pursuant to those orders in any financial year does not exceed the indicative amount notified to the practice for that year under subsection (1).

(5)For the purpose of measuring the extent to which a practice is operating within the indicative amount notified to it under subsection (1) for any financial year, a Health Board shall set against that indicative amount an amount equal to the basic price of the drugs, medicines and listed appliances supplied in that year pursuant to orders given by or on behalf of members of the practice.

(6)For the purposes of this section, regulations may make provision as to the specification of, or means of calculating, the basic price of any drugs, medicines and listed appliances.

(7)If, in the case of any practice, a member is on the medical list of a Family Health Services Authority established under section 10 of the National Health Service Act 1977 (as well as on that of a Health Board), any question whether this section applies in relation to the members of the practice shall be determined in accordance with regulations; and any such regulations may modify the preceding provisions of this section in their application to such a practice.

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I1S. 35 wholly in force at 1.4.1992 see s. 67(2) and S.I. 1990/1793, art. 2(6).

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