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

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Sub-contracting of out of hours services

69.—(1) A contractor shall not, otherwise than in accordance with the written approval of the Local Health Board, sub-contract all or part of its duty to provide out of hours services to any person other than those listed in sub-paragraph (2) other than on a short-term occasional basis.

(2) The persons referred to in sub-paragraph (1) are—

(a)a person who holds a general medical services contract with a Local Health Board which includes out of hours services;

(b)a section 28C provider who is required to provide the equivalent of essential services to his patients during all or part of the out of hours period;

(c)a health care professional, not falling within paragraph (a) or (b), who is to provide the out of hours services personally under a contract for services; or

a group of medical practitioners, whether in partnership or not, who provide out of hours services for each other under informal rota arrangements.

(3) An application for approval under sub-paragraph (1) shall be made by the contractor in writing to the Local Health Board and shall state —

(a)the name and address of the proposed sub-contractor;

(b)the address of any premises used for the provision of services;

(c)the duration of the proposed sub-contract;

(d)the services to be covered by the arrangement; and

(e)how it is proposed that the sub-contractor will meet the contractor’s obligations under the contract in respect of the services covered by the arrangement.

(4) Within 7 days of receipt of an application under sub-paragraph (3), a Local Health Board may request such further information relating to the proposed arrangements as seem to it to be reasonable.

(5) Within 28 days of receipt of an application which meets the requirements specified in sub-paragraph (3) or the further information requested under sub-paragraph (4) (whichever is the later), the Local Health Board shall

(a)approve the application;

(b)approve the application with conditions; or

(c)refuse the application.

(6) The Local Health Board shall approve the application (with or without conditions) if it is satisfied that the proposed arrangement will, in respect of the services to be covered, enable the contractor to meet satisfactorily its obligations under the contract and will not—

(a)put at serious risk the safety of the contractor’s patients; or

(b)put the Local Health Board at risk of material financial loss.

(7) The Local Health Board shall inform the contractor by notice in writing of its decision on the application and, where it refuses an application, it shall include in the notice a statement of the reasons for its refusal.

(8) Where a Local Health Board approves an application under this paragraph the parties to the contract shall be deemed to have agreed a variation of the contract which has the effect of adding to the list of practice premises any premises, for the purposes of the provision of services in accordance with that application whose address was notified to it under sub-paragraph (3)(b) and paragraph 102(1) shall not apply.

(9) Sub-paragraphs (1) to (8) shall also apply in relation to any renewal or material variation of a sub-contract in relation to out of hours services .

(10) A contract with a sub-contractor must prohibit the sub-contractor from sub-contracting the out of hours services it has agreed with the contractor to provide.

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