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The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Wales) Regulations 2004

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Out of hours services

31.—(1) Where the contract is with —

(a)an individual medical practitioner who is, or was on 31st March 2004, responsible for providing services during all or part of the out of hours period to the patients of a medical practitioner who meets the requirements in paragraph (2);

(b)two or more individuals practising in partnership at least one of whom is or was or on 31st March 2004, a medical practitioner responsible for providing such services; or

(c)a company in which one or more of the shareholders is or was on 31st March 2004, a medical practitioner responsible for providing such services,

the contract with that contractor must require the contractor to continue to provide such services to the patients of the exempt contractor until the happening of one of the events in paragraph (3).

(2) The requirements referred to in paragraph (1)(a) are that —

(a)the medical practitioner was relieved of responsibility for providing services to his or her patients under paragraph 18(2) of Schedule 2 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services) Regulations 1992(1); and

(b)he or she —

(i)has entered or intends to enter into a contract which does not include out of hours services pursuant to regulation 30(1)(b)(i),

(ii)is one of two or more individuals practising in partnership who have entered or intends to enter will into a contract which does not include out of hours services pursuant to regulation 30(1)(b)(ii), or

(iii)is the owner of shares in a company which has entered or intends to enter into a contract which does not include out of hours services pursuant to regulation 30(1)(b) (iii).

(3) The events referred to in paragraph (1) are —

(a)the contractor has opted out of the provision of out of hours services in accordance with paragraph 4 or 5 of Schedule 3; or

(b)the Local Health Board (and, if it is different, the Local Health Board with whom the exempt contractor holds its contract) has or have agreed in writing that the contractor need no longer provide some or all of those services to some or all of those patients;

(4) In this regulation “exempt contractor” means a contractor who is exempt from providing out of hours services pursuant to regulation 30(1)(b).

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S.I. 1996/702; 2002/1896.

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