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Health Act 1999

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

112.Section 7 enables the Secretary of State to provide for the appointment of trustees for a Primary Care Trust to manage the trust funds held by the trust. Such trustees have a duty to ensure that the trust funds are used effectively and that the wishes of the benefactor are taken into account. The Act provides that Primary Care Trusts will be able to hold and manage charitable property and other property held on trust, and to accept gifts of money and land on trust, for the purpose of the health service (see paragraph 12(2)(c) of the new Schedule 5A to the NHS Act 1977 as inserted by Schedule 1).

113.In addition to this section, paragraphs 27 to 30 and 33(2)(b) of Schedule 4 to the Act extend to Primary Care Trusts the existing provisions of the 1977 Act relating to private trusts for hospitals, the transfer of trust property, and the accounts of trustees.

114.The Act provides that Primary Care Trusts are able to receive and administer the charitable donations. It is expected that this will concern mainly those Primary Care Trusts that provide as well as commission services, as these Trusts may inherit funds from NHS trusts.

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