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Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003

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Reviews and investigations

70Reviews and investigations relating to Wales

(1)The Assembly has the function of conducting reviews of, and investigations into, the provision of health care by and for Welsh NHS bodies.

(2)The Assembly may in particular under this section conduct—

(a)a review of the overall provision of health care by and for Welsh NHS bodies;

(b)a review of the overall provision of a particular kind of health care by and for Welsh NHS bodies;

(c)a review of, or investigation into, the provision of any health care by or for a particular Welsh NHS body.

(3)The Assembly has the function of conducting reviews of the arrangements made by Welsh NHS bodies for the purpose of discharging their duty under section 45.

(4)In exercising its functions under this section in relation to any health care the Assembly shall be concerned in particular with—

(a)the availability of, and access to, the health care;

(b)the quality and effectiveness of the health care;

(c)the financial or other management of the health care and the economy and efficiency of its provision;

(d)the availability and quality of information provided to the public about the health care;

(e)the need to safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of children; and

(f)the effectiveness of measures taken for the purpose specified in paragraph (e) by the body in question and any person who provides, or is to provide, health care for that body,

and must take into account the standards set out in statements published under section 47.

(5)For the purposes of this section the Assembly may carry out an inspection of—

(a)any Welsh NHS body;

(b)any other person who provides, or is to provide, health care for a Welsh NHS body (in Wales or elsewhere).

(6)Where the Assembly conducts a review under this section it must publish a report.

71Reporting to Secretary of State and regulator

(1)The Assembly must report to the Secretary of State where, after conducting a review or investigation under section 70, it is of the view that—

(a)there are significant failings in relation to the provision of health care by or for an English NHS body or cross-border SHA;

(b)there are significant failings in the running of an English NHS body or cross-border SHA; or

(c)there are significant failings in the running of any body, or the practice of any individual, providing health care for an English NHS body or cross-border SHA.

(2)A report under subsection (1) may include a recommendation that, with a view to remedying the failings, the Secretary of State take special measures in relation to—

(a)the English NHS body or cross-border SHA; and

(b)in a case falling within paragraph (c) of subsection (1), any person, other than a Welsh NHS body, referred to in that paragraph.

(3)The Assembly must report to the regulator where, after conducting a review or investigation under section 70, it is of the view that—

(a)there are significant failings in relation to the provision of health care by or for an NHS foundation trust;

(b)there are significant failings in the running of an NHS foundation trust; or

(c)there are significant failings in the running of any body, or the practice of any individual, providing health care for an NHS foundation trust.

(4)A report under subsection (3) may include a recommendation that, with a view to remedying the failings, the regulator take special measures in relation to the NHS foundation trust.

(5)A report under this section must give the Assembly’s reasons for its view and for any recommendation made.

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