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Health and Social Care Act 2008

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5(1)Schedule 14 to the NHS Act (further provision about expenditure of Primary Care Trusts) is amended as follows.

(2)Omit paragraphs 1 and 2.

(3)After paragraph 3 insert—

3A(1)The Secretary of State may designate any element of the remuneration paid by Primary Care Trusts to persons providing pharmaceutical services or local pharmaceutical services which is not remuneration referable to the cost of drugs.

(2)If an element is so designated, the Secretary of State must for each financial year apportion among all Primary Care Trusts, in such manner as the Secretary of State considers appropriate, the total of the remuneration referable to that element which is paid by each Primary Care Trust in that year.

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

(4)Where in any financial year any remuneration referable to that element 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.

(5)The Secretary of State may, in particular, exercise the discretion under sub-paragraph (2)—

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

(b)by reference to averaged or estimated amounts.

(6)The Secretary of State may make provision for any remuneration referable to an element designated under sub-paragraph (1) 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 the Secretary of State may determine.

(4)In paragraph 4(1)—

(a)for the definition of “designated” substitute—

“designate” means designate in writing (and different designations may be made for different purposes),,

(b)omit the definition of “pharmaceutical services”, and

(c)in the definition of “remuneration referable to the cost of drugs”, omit the words “except in paragraph 1(2)(b) and”.

(5)After paragraph 4(3) insert—

(4)If the Secretary of State does not treat such remuneration, so far as it is so met by an NHS trust or NHS foundation trust, as remuneration referable to the cost of drugs, the Secretary of State may treat it as remuneration falling within paragraph 3A(1).

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