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National Health Service (Primary Care) Act 1997

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16NHS contracts

(1)In the case of a pilot scheme entered into, or to be entered into, by a single individual or body corporate, that individual or body may make an application under this section to become a health service body.

(2)In the case of any other pilot scheme, all of those providing, or proposing to provide, piloted services under the scheme may together make an application under this section to become a single health service body.

(3)An application must—

(a)be made to the Secretary of State in accordance with such provisions as may be prescribed; and

(b)specify the pilot scheme in relation to which it is made.

(4)Except in such cases as may be prescribed, the Secretary of State may grant an application.

(5)If an application is granted, the Secretary of State must specify when it is to come into effect and, as from that time—

(a)in the case of an application under subsection (1), the applicant is, and

(b)in the case of an application under subsection (2), the applicants together are,

a health service body for the purposes of section 4 of the [1990 c. 19.] National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and section 17A of the 1978 Act (NHS contracts).

(6)Those sections have effect in relation to such a health service body (“a pilot scheme health service body”), acting as acquirer, as if the functions referred to in subsection (1) of those sections were the provision of piloted services.

(7)Except in such circumstances as may be prescribed, a pilot scheme health service body resulting from an application under subsection (2) is to be treated, at any time, as consisting of those providing piloted services under the scheme.

(8)A direction as to payment made under section 4(7) of the Act of 1990 or section 17A(8) of the 1978 Act against, or in favour of, a pilot scheme health service body is enforceable—

(a)in England and Wales, in a county court (if the court so orders) as if it were a judgment or order of that court; and

(b)in Scotland, in like manner as an extract registered decree arbitral bearing warrant for execution issued by the sheriff court of any sheriffdom in Scotland.

(9)Regulations may provide for a pilot scheme health service body to cease to be such a body in prescribed circumstances.

(10)The Secretary of State must—

(a)maintain and publish a list of pilot scheme health service bodies;

(b)publish a revised copy of the list as soon as is reasonably practicable after any change is made to it.

(11)The list is to be published in such manner as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

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