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(1)The Health Service Commissioners Act 1993 (c. 46) is amended as follows.
(2)In section 2B (independent providers subject to investigation) after subsection (1) insert—
“(1A)Persons are subject to investigation by the Commissioner if—
(a)they are, or were at the time of the action complained of, providing direct payment services, and
(b)they are not, or were not at the time of the action complained of, health service bodies.”
(3)In subsection (5) of that section after “subsection (1)” insert “or (1A)”.
(4)In section 3(1C) (complaints against independent providers) after “(of whatever kind)” insert “, or has undertaken to provide direct payment services,”.
(5)In section 7(2) (contractual or commercial transactions) after paragraph (a) insert—
“(aa)matters arising from arrangements for the provision of direct payment services,”.
(6)In section 14 (reports by the Commissioner), in subsection (2C)(e) after “independent provider” insert “(in a case within section 2B(1))”.
(7)In section 19 (interpretation) after the definition of “the Court” insert—
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