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Health Act 1999

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. The Act

  4. Outline of the Existing Law

    1. Part I system: hospital and community health services

    2. Part II system: family health services

      1. The National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990

      2. The National Health Service (Primary Care) Act 1997

      3. Wales

      4. Scotland

  5. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part I - the National Health Service

      1. Section 1: Repeal of law about fund-holding practices

      2. Section 2 and Schedule 1: Primary Care Trusts

        1. New Schedule 5A

      3. Section 3: Primary Care Trusts: finance

      4. Section 4: Expenditure of Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts

      5. Section 5: Primary Care Trusts: provision of services

      6. Section 6: Delegation of Health Authority functions relating to pilot schemes and section 28C arrangements

      7. Section 7: Primary Care Trusts: trust-funds and trustees

      8. Section 8: Payments relating to past performance

      9. Section 9: Indemnity cover for Part II services

      10. Section 10: Remuneration for Part II services

      11. Section 11: Local representative committees

      12. Section 12: Directions

      13. Section 13: Establishment orders

      14. Section 14: Exercise of powers

      15. Sections 15 to 17: Changes to the NHS trust financial regime

      16. Section 18: Duty of Quality

      17. Section 19 and Schedule 2: The Commission for Health Improvement

      18. Schedule 2

      19. Section 20: Functions of the Commission

      20. Section 21: Arrangements with the Audit Commission

      21. Section 22: Arrangements with Ministers

      22. Section 23: Obtaining information

      23. Section 24: Restrictions on disclosure of information

      24. Section 25: Dissolution of Clinical Standards Advisory Group

      25. Sections 26 and 27: Co-operation between NHS bodies and local authorities

      26. Section 28: Plans for improving health

      27. Sections 29 and 30 - Payments from NHS bodies to local authorities and from local authorities to NHS bodies

      28. Section 31: Arrangements between NHS bodies and local authorities

      29. Section 32: Joint consultative committees

      30. Sections 33 to 38: Control of prices of medicines and profits

      31. Section 39: Evasion of charges

      32. Section 40: Disqualification of Part II practitioners

      33. Section 41: High security psychiatric services

      34. Section 42: Provision of information by Registrar General

      35. Section 43: Health Service Commissioners

      36. Section 44: Power to rectify transitional provisions

    2. Part II - the National Health Service: Scotland

      1. Section 45: Repeal of law about fund-holding practices

      2. Sections 46 to 49: NHS trusts

      3. Section 50: Transfer of staff among health service bodies

      4. Section 51: Quality of Care

      5. Section 52: Expenditure of Health Boards and other bodies

      6. Sections 53 to 55: NHS trust financial provisions

      7. Section 56: Indemnity cover for Part II services

      8. Section 57: Remuneration for Part II services

      9. Section 58: Disqualification of practitioners for fraud

      10. Section 59: Recovery of charges and payments

    3. Part III – Miscellaneous and Supplementary

      1. Section 60 and Schedule 3: Regulation of health care and associated professions

      2. Schedule 3

      3. Section 61: English and Scottish border provisions

      4. Section 63: Supplementary and consequential provision

      5. Section 65 and Schedules 4 and 5: Amendments and repeals

      6. Section 66: Devolution

  6. Commencement

  7. Details of the Bill’s Passage through Parliament Were as Follows:

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