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The Health and Personal Social Services(Northern Ireland) Order 1991

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Renunciation and removal of recognition as a fund-holding practice

19.—(1) Regulations may make provision as to the circumstances in which the members of a recognised fund-holding practice may renounce that status and such regulations may, in particular, make provision as to—

(a)the notice to be given and the number of members of the practice by whom it is to be given;

(b)the procedure to be followed; and

(c)the consequences of such a renunciation.

(2) Regulations may make provision as to the circumstances in which and the grounds on which the Department may remove recognition from the members of a fund-holding practice,—

(a)with immediate effect; or

(b)with effect from the end of a particular financial year; or

(c)with effect from such other date as may be specified by the Department.

(3) Where provision is made as mentioned in paragraph (2), regulations shall make provision with respect to—

(a)the procedure for the removal of recognition; and

(b)the consequences of the removal of recognition.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred by paragraph (3), regulations making provision as mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) of that paragraph—

(a)may provide for the transfer of rights and obligations from the members of the fund-holding practice to one or more Health and Social Services Boards determined in accordance with the regulations;

(b)may provide for the recovery of sums from the members of the practice; and

(c)may require the members of the practice to furnish such information as may reasonably be required by the Department.

(5) Where any part of an allotted sum has been applied by the members of a recognised fund-holding practice (or any one or more of them) for purposes other than those specified in regulations under Article 18(4), regulations may make provision for and in connection with the recovery by the Department of an amount equal to that part.

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