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

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Approval of closure notice by the Local Health Board

30.—(1) If the Local Health Board approves the closure notice in accordance with paragraph 29(12)(a), the contractor shall close its list of patients —

(a)with effect from a date agreed between the Local Health Board and the contractor; or

(b)if no such agreement has been reached, with effect from the date on which the contractor receives notification of the Local Health Board’s decision to approve the closure notice.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the contractor’s list of patients shall remain closed for the period specified in the closure notice in accordance with paragraph 29(8)(a) (or, where the period of 12 months specified in paragraph 29(10) applies, for that period).

(3) The contractor’s list of patients shall re-open before the expiry of the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) if —

(a)the number of the contractor’s registered patients falls to the number specified in the closure notice in accordance with paragraph 29(8)(c); or

(b)the Local Health Board and the contractor agree that the list of patients should re-open.

(4) If the contractor’s list of patients has re-opened pursuant to paragraph (3)(a), it shall nevertheless close again if, during the period specified in the closure notice in accordance with paragraph 29(8)(a) (or, where the period of 12 months specified in paragraph 29(10) applies, during that period) the number of the contractor’s registered patients rises to the number specified in the closure notice in accordance with paragraph 28(8)(d). (if any) for the area of the Local Health Board.

(5) Except in cases where the contractor’s list of patients is already open pursuant to sub-paragraph (3), the Local Health Board shall notify the contractor in writing between seven and fourteen days before the expiry of the period of closure specified in sub-paragraph (2), confirming the date on which the contractor’s list of patients will re-open.

(6) Where the details specified in the closure notice in accordance with paragraph 29(8) have been revised following discussions under paragraph 29(10), references in this paragraph to details specified in the closure notice are references to those details as so revised.

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