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National Health Service Act 2006

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Duty of Primary Care Trusts in relation to primary ophthalmic services

115Primary ophthalmic services

(1)Each Primary Care Trust must exercise its powers so as to provide or secure the provision, within its area, of the following primary ophthalmic services—

(a)the sight-testing service mentioned in subsection (2),

(b)such other primary ophthalmic services as may be prescribed, and

(c)to the extent that it considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements, any further primary ophthalmic services.

(2)The sight-testing service mentioned in subsection (1)(a) is a service for testing the sight of all of the following persons (except any such testing which takes place in prescribed circumstances)—

(a)those aged under 16,

(b)those aged 16, 17 or 18 who are receiving qualifying full-time education,

(c)those whose resources must be treated in accordance with regulations as being less than or equal to their requirements,

(d)those aged 60 or over,

(e)those of such other description as may be prescribed.

(3)Regulations may—

(a)prescribe what “qualifying full-time education” is for the purposes of subsection (2)(b),

(b)make provision for the purposes of subsection (2)(c) about how a person’s resources and requirements must be calculated.

(4)A Primary Care Trust may (in addition to any other power conferred on it)—

(a)provide primary ophthalmic services itself (whether within or outside its area),

(b)make such arrangements for their provision (whether within or outside its area) as it considers appropriate, and may in particular make contractual arrangements with any person.

(5)Each Primary Care Trust must publish information about such matters as may be prescribed in relation to the primary ophthalmic services provided under this Act.

(6)A Primary Care Trust must co-operate with each other Primary Care Trust in the discharge of their respective functions relating to the provision of primary ophthalmic services under this Act.

(7)Regulations may provide that services of a prescribed description must, or must not, be regarded as primary ophthalmic services for the purposes of this Act (but these regulations may not affect the duty in subsection (1)(a)).

(8)Regulations under subsection (7) may in particular describe services by reference to the manner or circumstances in which they are provided.

(9)Regulations may provide that a person—

(a)whose sight is tested by a person who is a party to a general ophthalmic services contract, and

(b)who is shown during the testing or within a prescribed time after it to fall within any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (2),

must be taken for the purposes of the testing to have so fallen immediately before his sight was tested.

(10)In the case mentioned in subsection (9), the testing of his sight must (unless it took place in circumstances prescribed under subsection (2)) be treated as a testing under the sight-testing service mentioned in subsection (1)(a)—

(a)for the purposes of remuneration in respect of the testing, and

(b)for any such other purpose as may be prescribed.

116Regulations under section 115: supplementary

(1)Regulations under section 115 which refer to an Act of Parliament or an instrument made under an Act of Parliament may direct that the reference must be construed as a reference to that Act or instrument—

(a)as it has effect at the time when the regulations are made, or

(b)both as it has effect at that time and as amended subsequently.

(2)Descriptions of persons may be prescribed under section 115(2)(e) by reference to any criterion, including the following—

(a)their age,

(b)the fact that a prescribed person or a prescribed body accepts them as suffering from a prescribed medical condition,

(c)the fact that a prescribed person or a prescribed body accepts that a prescribed medical condition from which they suffer arose in prescribed circumstances,

(d)their receipt of benefit in money or kind under any enactment or their entitlement to receive any such benefit,

(e)the receipt of any such benefit by other persons satisfying prescribed conditions or the entitlement of other persons satisfying prescribed conditions to receive such benefits.

(3)Regulations under section 115(3)(b) may direct that a person’s resources and requirements be calculated—

(a)by a method set out in the regulations,

(b)by a method described by reference to a method of calculating or estimating income or capital specified in an enactment other than this section or in an instrument made under an Act of Parliament or by reference to such a method but subject to prescribed modifications,

(c)by reference to an amount applicable for the purposes of a payment under an Act of Parliament or an instrument made under an Act of Parliament, or

(d)by reference to the person’s being or having been entitled to payment under an Act of Parliament or an instrument made under an Act of Parliament.

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