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National Health Service Act 2006

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71Schemes for meeting losses and liabilities etc of certain health service bodies

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations made with the consent of the Treasury establish a scheme whereby any of the bodies specified in subsection (2) may make provision to meet—

(a)expenses arising from any loss of or damage to their property, and

(b)liabilities to third parties for loss, damage or injury arising out of the carrying out of the functions of the bodies concerned.

(2)The bodies referred to in subsection (1) are—

(a)Strategic Health Authorities,

(b)Primary Care Trusts,

(c)NHS trusts,

(d)Special Health Authorities,

(e)NHS foundation trusts,

(f)the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection, and

(g)the Health Protection Agency,

but a scheme under this section may limit the class or description of bodies which are eligible to participate in it.

(3)A scheme under this section may, in particular—

(a)provide for the scheme to be administered by the Secretary of State or by a Strategic Health Authority, Primary Care Trust, NHS trust, Special Health Authority or NHS foundation trust specified in the scheme,

(b)require any body which participates in the scheme to make payments in accordance with the scheme, and

(c)provide for the making of payments for the purposes of the scheme by the Secretary of State.

(4)If the Secretary of State so directs, a body which is eligible to participate in a scheme must do so.

(5)The Secretary of State may not make a direction under subsection (4) in relation to an NHS foundation trust.

(6)Where a scheme provides for the scheme to be administered by the Secretary of State, a Strategic Health Authority, Primary Care Trust, NHS trust, Special Health Authority or NHS foundation trust must carry out such functions in connection with the administration of the scheme by the Secretary of State as he may direct.

(7)Subsections (4) and (6) do not affect any other power of direction of the Secretary of State.

(8)A person or body administering a scheme under this section does not require permission under any provision of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c. 8) as respects activities carried out under the scheme.

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