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The General Medical Services (Transitional Measure Relating to Non-Clinical Partners) Order 2004

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the General Medical Services (Transitional Measure Relating to Non-Clinical Partners) Order 2004 and shall come into force on 3rd August 2004.

(2) This Order applies in relation to England only.

(3) In this Order—

“the 1977 Act” means the National Health Service Act 1977(1);

“default contract” means a contract under article 13 of the General Medical Services Transitional and Consequential Provisions Order 2004(2) (entitlement to a contract under section 176(3) of the Act);

“health care professional” means a person who is a member of a profession regulated by a body mentioned in section 25(3) of the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002(3);

“non-clinical partner” means a partner in a partnership who is neither a registered medical practitioner nor a health care professional;

“pilot scheme” means an agreement made under Part 1 of the National Health Service (Primary Care) Act 1997(4);

“relevant non-clinical partner” shall be construed in accordance with article 2; and

“sole practitioner” means a registered medical practitioner who, prior to 1st April 2004, provided services under section 29 of the 1977 Act(5) (arrangements and regulations for general medical services) but not as part of an association of registered medical practitioners who, as a group practice, co-ordinated their respective obligations to provide services under the said section 29.

Relevant non-clinical partners

2.  Where—

(a)a Primary Care Trust enters or has entered into a general medical services contract with a registered medical practitioner as one of two or more individuals practising in partnership;

(b)on 31st March 2004, that registered medical practitioner was carrying on a business, in the course of which he provided services under section 29 of the 1977 Act (arrangements and regulations for general medical services) or under a pilot scheme—

(i)in partnership with an individual who was, or with two or more individuals one of whom was, a non-clinical partner,

(ii)in partnership with one or more other registered medical practitioners or other individuals, and that partnership employed a person who is or will become a non-clinical partner in the partnership that enters or has entered into that general medical services contract, or

(iii)as a sole practitioner, and he employed a person who is or will become a non-clinical partner in the partnership that enters or has entered into that general medical services contract; and

(c)on the date on which the Primary Care Trust enters or entered into that general medical services contract—

(i)the non-clinical partner mentioned in paragraph (b)(i), or

(ii)the person mentioned in paragraph (b)(ii) or (b)(iii),

is or was a partner in the partnership that enters or has entered into that general medical services contract,

that partner in the partnership, as mentioned in paragraph (c), is, for the purposes of articles 3 and 4, a “relevant non-clinical partner”.

Relevant non-clinical partners in partnerships entering into GMS contracts following default contracts after this Order comes into force

3.  A relevant non-clinical partner who is a partner in a partnership that enters into a general medical services contract—

(a)after this Order comes into force; but

(b)which takes effect for payment purposes on 1st April 2004 (which will be the case for general medical services contracts which follow default contracts),

is hereby deemed to be an NHS employee for the purposes of section 28S(2)(b)(i) of the 1977 Act(6) (persons eligible to enter into GMS contracts) at the time at which the partnership enters into that general medical services contract and up until and including the time (if different) at which the general medical services contract takes effect otherwise than for payment purposes.

Relevant non-clinical partners who, before this Order came into force, were partners in partnerships that entered into GMS contracts which took effect for payment purposes on 1st April 2004

4.—(1) Where—

(a)before this Order came into force, a relevant non-clinical partner was a partner in a partnership that entered into a general medical services contract that took effect for payment purposes on 1st April 2004; and

(b)apart from the relevant non-clinical partner, every partner in that partnership was an individual falling within section 28S(2)(a) or (b) of the 1977 Act (persons eligible to enter into GMS contracts) at the time at which the partnership entered into the general medical services contract,

paragraph (2) applies.

(2) In the circumstances set out in paragraph (1), from the date this Order comes into force—

(a)the general medical services contract referred to in that paragraph shall be treated as if it were a contract entered into by a partnership comprising only individuals falling within section 28S(2)(a) or (b) of the 1977 Act; and

(b)the relevant non-clinical partner referred to in that paragraph shall, if on the date this Order comes into force he is still a partner in a partnership that has entered into a general medical services contract, be treated from that date as if he were an individual falling within section 28S(2)(b)(iv) of the 1977 Act, but he shall cease to be so treated if he does not provide services of a kind mentioned in section 28D(1)(bc) of that Act for a continuous period of six months after that date.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Health

John Hutton

Minister of State,

Department of Health

8th July 2004

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