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Health Act 2009

Arrangements with other bodies relating to direct payments

130.New section 12D(1) to (3) provides authority for the Secretary of State to arrange with bodies in addition to local authorities such as a mental health charity or private sector body involved in the provision of health care or social care services to assist in making direct payments. In particular, subsection (2) enables such arrangements to be made with voluntary organisations. In practice, a PCT or other NHS body might be making the arrangements on behalf of the Secretary of State. These organisations could help with any aspect of making direct payments, such as assessing patients, setting budgets or reviewing care plans.

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