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Health and Social Care Act 2012

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69Duty to carry out impact assessments

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(1)This section applies where Monitor is proposing to do something that it considers would be likely—

(a)to have a significant impact on persons who provide health care services for the purposes of the NHS;

(b)to have a significant impact on people who use health care services provided for the purposes of the NHS;

(c)to have a significant impact on the general public in England (or in a particular part of England);

(d)to involve a major change in the activities Monitor carries on;

(e)to involve a major change in the standard conditions of licences under Chapter 3 (see section 94).

(2)But this section does not apply to—

(a)the carrying out by Monitor of an analysis of how markets involving the provision of health care services are operating, or

(b)the exercise of functions under or by virtue of Chapter 2.

(3)Nor does this section apply if it appears to Monitor that the urgency of the matter makes compliance with this section impracticable or inappropriate.

(4)Before implementing the proposal, Monitor must either—

(a)carry out and publish an assessment of the likely impact of implementation, or

(b)publish a statement setting out its reasons for concluding that it does not need to carry out an assessment under paragraph (a).

(5)The assessment must set out Monitor’s explanation of how the discharge of its general duties (within the meaning of section 67)—

(a)would be secured by implementation of the proposal, but

(b)would not be secured by the exercise of functions that Monitor has by virtue of section 72 or 73.

(6)The assessment may take such form, and relate to such matters, as Monitor may determine; and in determining the matters to which the assessment is to relate, Monitor must have regard to such general guidance on carrying out impact assessments as it considers appropriate.

(7)The assessment must specify the consultation period within which representations with respect to the proposal may be made to Monitor; and for that purpose the consultation period must not be less than 28 days beginning with the day after that on which the assessment is published under subsection (4).

(8)Monitor may not implement the proposal unless the consultation period has ended.

(9)Where Monitor is required (apart from this section) to consult about, or afford a person an opportunity to make representations about, a proposal that comes within subsection (1), the requirements of this section—

(a)are in addition to the other requirement, but

(b)may be met contemporaneously with it.

(10)Every annual report of Monitor must set out—

(a)a list of the assessments carried out under this section during the financial year to which the report relates, and

(b)a summary of the decisions taken during that year in relation to proposals to which assessments carried out during that year or a previous financial year relate.

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