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National Health Service Act 2006

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Eligibility for membership

3(1)The persons who may become or continue as members of a public benefit corporation are—

(a)individuals who live in any area specified in the constitution as the area for a public constituency,

(b)individuals employed by the corporation under a contract of employment and, if the constitution so provides, individuals who exercise functions for the purposes of the corporation otherwise than under a contract of employment with the corporation,

(c)if the constitution so provides, individuals who have attended any of the corporation’s hospitals as either a patient or the carer of a patient within a period specified in the constitution.

(2)The constitution may specify one or more areas as areas for public constituencies, each of which must be an electoral area for the purposes of local government elections in England and Wales or an area consisting of two or more such electoral areas.

(3)A person may become or continue as a member of the corporation by virtue of sub-paragraph (1)(b) only if—

(a)he is employed by the corporation under a contract of employment which has no fixed term or has a fixed term of at least 12 months, or

(b)he has been continuously employed by the corporation for at least 12 months or, where he exercises functions for the purposes of the corporation as mentioned in that sub-paragraph, he has done so continuously for such a period.

(4)Chapter 1 of Part 14 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (c. 18) applies for the purpose of determining whether an individual has been continuously employed by the corporation, or has continuously exercised functions for the purposes of the corporation, as it applies for the purposes of that Act.

(5)The constitution may divide those who come within sub-paragraph (1)(b) into two or more descriptions of individuals.

(6)An individual providing care in pursuance of a contract (including a contract of employment), or as a volunteer for a voluntary organisation, does not come within sub-paragraph (1)(c).

(7)The constitution may divide those who come within sub-paragraph (1)(c) into three or more descriptions of individuals, one of which must comprise the carers of patients.

(8)The constitution may make further provision as to the circumstances in which a person may not become or continue as a member.

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