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Health and Social Care Act 2012

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46Role of the Board and clinical commissioning groups in respect of emergencies

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For the cross-heading preceding section 253 of the National Health Service Act 2006 substitute “Emergencies: role of the Secretary of State, the Board and clinical commissioning groups” and after the cross-heading insert—

252ARole of the Board and clinical commissioning groups in respect of emergencies

(1)The Board and each clinical commissioning group must take appropriate steps for securing that it is properly prepared for dealing with a relevant emergency.

(2)The Board must take such steps as it considers appropriate for securing that each clinical commissioning group is properly prepared for dealing with a relevant emergency.

(3)The steps taken by the Board under subsection (2) must include monitoring compliance by each clinical commissioning group with its duty under subsection (1).

(4)The Board must take such steps as it considers appropriate for securing that each relevant service provider is properly prepared for dealing with a relevant emergency.

(5)The steps taken by the Board under subsection (4) must include monitoring compliance by the service provider with any requirements imposed on it by its service arrangements for the purpose of securing that it is properly prepared for dealing with a relevant emergency.

(6)The Board may take such steps as it considers appropriate for facilitating a co-ordinated response to an emergency by the clinical commissioning groups and relevant service providers for which it is a relevant emergency.

(7)The Board may arrange for any body or person to exercise any functions of the Board under subsections (2) to (6).

(8)Where the Board makes arrangements with another body or person under subsection (7) it may also arrange for that other body or person to exercise any functions that the Board has, by virtue of being a Category 1 responder, under Part 1 of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

(9)A relevant service provider must appoint an individual to be responsible for—

(a)securing that the provider is properly prepared for dealing with a relevant emergency,

(b)securing that the provider complies with any requirements mentioned in subsection (5), and

(c)providing the Board with such information as it may require for the purpose of discharging its functions under this section.

(10)In this section—

  • “relevant emergency”—

    (a)

    in relation to the Board or a clinical commissioning group, means any emergency which might affect the Board or the group (whether by increasing the need for the services that it may arrange or in any other way);

    (b)

    in relation to a relevant service provider, means any emergency which might affect the provider (whether by increasing the need for the services that it may provide or in any other way);

  • “relevant service provider” means any body or person providing services in pursuance of service arrangements;

  • “service arrangements”, in relation to a relevant service provider, means arrangements made by the Board or a clinical commissioning group under or by virtue of section 3, 3A, 3B, 4 or 7A or Schedule 1.

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