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The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005

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Duty to provide information about fitness to practise matters: pharmacists on pharmaceutical lists on 1st April 2005

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29.—(1) In the case of a pharmacist who is on a pharmaceutical list on 1st April 2005, subject to paragraph 31, the pharmacist and where the pharmacist is a body corporate, every director and superintendent of the pharmacist shall, by 3rd October 2005, supply in writing information to the Primary Care Trust as to whether he—

(a)has any criminal convictions in the United Kingdom;

(b)has accepted a police caution in the United Kingdom;

(c)has, in summary proceedings in Scotland in respect of an offence, been the subject of an order discharging him absolutely (without proceeding to conviction);

(d)has accepted a conditional offer under section 302 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995(1) (fixed penalty: conditional offer by procurator fiscal) or agreed to pay a penalty under section 115A of the Social Security Administration Act 1992(2) (penalty as alternative to prosecution);

(e)has been convicted elsewhere of an offence, or what would constitute a criminal offence if committed in England and Wales;

(f)has been charged with an offence and is currently the subject of any proceedings which might lead to a conviction, which have not yet been notified to the Primary Care Trust;

(g)has been subject to any investigation into his professional conduct by any licensing, regulatory or other body, where the outcome was adverse;

(h)is currently subject to any investigation into his professional conduct by any licensing, regulatory or other body;

(i)is to his knowledge, or has been where the outcome was adverse, the subject of any investigation by the National Health Service Counter Fraud and Security Management Service in relation to fraud;

(j)is the subject of any investigation by another Primary Care Trust or equivalent body, which might lead to his removal from any list or equivalent list;

(k)is, or has been where the outcome was adverse, subject to an investigation into his professional conduct in respect of any current or previous employment; or

(l)has been removed or contingently removed from, refused admission to, or conditionally included in, any of another Primary Care Trust’s lists, or equivalent lists kept by an equivalent body, or is currently suspended from such a list, on fitness to practice grounds,

and if so, he shall give details of any investigation or proceedings which were or are to be brought, including the nature of that investigation or proceedings, where and approximately when that investigation or those proceedings took place or are to take place, and any outcome.

(2) Subject to paragraph 31, if a person to whom sub-paragraph (1) applies is, or was at the time of the originating events, a director or superintendent of a body corporate, he shall in addition and at the same time supply in writing information to the Primary Care Trust as to whether the body corporate—

(a)has any criminal convictions in the United Kingdom;

(b)has been convicted elsewhere of an offence, or what would constitute a criminal offence if committed in England and Wales;

(c)is currently the subject of any proceedings which might lead to such a conviction, which have not yet been notified to the Primary Care Trust;

(d)has been subject to any investigation into its provision of professional services by any licensing, regulatory or other body, where the outcome was adverse;

(e)is currently subject to any investigation into its provision of professional services by any licensing, regulatory or other body;

(f)is to his knowledge, or has been where the outcome was adverse, the subject of any investigation by the National Health Service Counter Fraud and Security Management Service in relation to fraud;

(g)is the subject of any investigation by another Primary Care Trust or equivalent body, which might lead to its removal from any list or equivalent list; or

(h)has been removed or contingently removed from, refused admission to, or conditionally included in, any of another Primary Care Trust’s lists, or equivalent lists kept by an equivalent body, or is currently suspended from such a list, on fitness to practise grounds,

and if so, he shall give the name and registered office of the body corporate, and details of any investigation or proceedings which were or are to be brought, including the nature of the investigation or proceedings, where and approximately when that investigation or those proceedings took place or are to take place, and any outcome.

(3) A person to whom sub-paragraph (1) or (2) applies shall consent to a request being made by the Primary Care Trust to any employer or former employer or licensing or regulatory body in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, for information relating to a current investigation, or an investigation where the outcome was adverse.

(4) A person need not supply information under sub-paragraph (1)(a) to (e) or (2)(a) or (b) if that information would not be included in an enhanced criminal record certificate issued to that person by the Secretary of State under section 115(1) of the of the Police Act 1997(3) (enhanced criminal record certificates) on the day on which that person supplies the information to the Primary Care Trust.

(2)

1992 c. 5; section 115A was inserted by section 15 of the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act 1997 (c. 47).

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