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Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Act 2020

Section 11 – Interpretation of “health care” and other terms

28.This section makes provision about the interpretation of terms used in Part 3 including the meaning of “health care”, “illness” and “NHS body”.

29.By virtue of subsection (5), where heath care is provided as part of a contract, agreement or arrangement between two NHS bodies, the care is deemed as having been provided by the body providing the care rather than the body which arranged for the care to be provided on its behalf. This means that in relation to such an arrangement, the duty of candour, if engaged, would apply to the provider of the care only. This includes health care provided on behalf of the NHS body by a primary care provider.

30.Under subsection (6), where health care is provided on an NHS body’s behalf by a body that is not an NHS body, the duty of candour, if engaged in relation to the health care in question, will apply to the NHS body, not the body which provided the care.

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