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National Health Service Act 2006

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3(1)For each financial year, the Secretary of State must apportion among all Primary Care Trusts, in such manner as he considers appropriate, the total of the remuneration referable to the cost of drugs which is paid by each Primary Care Trust in that year.

(2)A Primary Care Trust is accountable in any year for remuneration referable to the cost of drugs to the extent (and only to the extent) that such remuneration is apportioned to it under sub-paragraph (1).

(3)Where in any financial year any remuneration referable to the cost of drugs for which a Primary Care Trust is accountable is paid by another Primary Care Trust, the remuneration must be treated (for the purposes of sections 228 and 229) as having been paid by the first Primary Care Trust in the performance of its functions.

(4)The Secretary of State may, in particular, exercise his discretion under sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)so that any apportionment reflects, in the case of each Primary Care Trust, the financial consequences of orders for the provision of drugs, being orders which in his opinion are attributable to the Primary Care Trust in question,

(b)by reference to averaged or estimated amounts.

(5)The Secretary of State may make provision for any remuneration referable to the cost of drugs which is paid by a Primary Care Trust other than the Primary Care Trust which is accountable for the payment to be reimbursed in such manner as he may determine.

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