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The National Health Service (Welsh Language in Primary Care Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2019

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Amendments to the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1986

2.—(1) The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1986(1) are amended as follows.

(2) In Schedule 1, after paragraph 5 insert—

Welsh Language

5A.(1) Where the contractor(2) provides general ophthalmic services(3) through the medium of Welsh, the contractor must notify the Local Health Board(4) in writing.

(2) The contractor must make available a Welsh language version of any document or form for use by patients(5) and/or members of the public, provided by the Local Health Board.

(3) Where the contractor displays a new sign or notice in connection with general ophthalmic services the text on the sign or notice must be in English and Welsh, and the contractor may utilise the translation service offered by the Local Health Board for this purpose.

(4) The contractor must encourage the wearing of a badge, provided by the Local Health Board, by those delivering general ophthalmic services who are Welsh speaking, to convey that they are able to speak Welsh.

(5) The contractor must encourage those delivering general ophthalmic services to utilise information and/or attend training courses and events provided by the Local Health Board, so that they can develop—

(a)an awareness of the Welsh language (including awareness of its history and its role in Welsh culture); and

(b)an understanding of how the Welsh language can be used when delivering general ophthalmic services.

(6) The contractor must encourage those delivering general ophthalmic services to establish and record the Welsh or English language preference expressed by or on behalf of a patient.

(1)

S.I. 1986/975 (“the 1986 Regulations”), to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(2)

See the definition of “contractor” in regulation 2(1) of the 1986 Regulations.

(3)

See the definition of “general ophthalmic services” in regulation 2(1) of the 1986 Regulations.

(4)

See the definition of “Local Health Board” in regulation 2(1) of the 1986 Regulations, which refers to section 16BA of the National Health Service Act 1977 (c. 49). That Act was repealed by the National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 43) and section 16BA was re-enacted in relation to Wales as section 11 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006.

(5)

See the definition of “patient” in regulation 2(1) of the 1986 Regulations.

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