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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Introductory

    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. Health and social care bodies

    1. 3.Constitution of Health and Social Services Boards

    2. 4.Health and Social Services Councils

    3. Art. 5 rep. by 2001 c. 3 (NI)

    4. 6.Abolition of Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Training Council

    5. 7.Removal of Crown immunities

  4. Provision of goods and services

    1. 8.Health and social care contracts

    2. 8A.Provision of certain services under HSC contracts

    3. 9.Primary and other functions of Health and Social Services Boards and special agencies

  5. Health and Social Care trusts

    1. 10.Health and Social Care trusts

    2. 10A.Definition of social care and children functions”

    3. 10B.Certain functions of the Department to be exercisable on its behalf by HSC trusts

    4. 11.Transfer of staff to HSC trusts

    5. 12.Supplementary provisions as to transfer of staff

    6. 13.Transfer of assets and liabilities to HSC trusts

    7. 14.Originating capital debt of, and other financial provisions relating to, HSC trusts

    8. 15.Financial obligations of HSC trusts

    9. 16.Trust funds and trustees for HSC trusts

  6. Fund-holding practices

    1. Arts. 17‐20 rep. by 2001 c. 3 (NI)

  7. Indicative amounts

    1. 21.Indicative amounts for doctors' practices

  8. Financial provisions

    1. Art. 22 rep. by 2003 NI 5

    2. 23.Power of the Regional Agency , special agencies and HSC trusts to raise funds by appeals, collections, etc.

    3. 24.Schemes for meeting losses and liabilities, etc., of certain health and social care bodies

  9. Provision of accommodation

    1. 25.Arrangements by Department for provision of accommodation by voluntary organisations, etc.

    2. Art. 26 rep. by 2002 c. 5 (NI)

    3. 27.Charges in respect of accommodation provided by the Department

    4. 28.Recovery of charges due to Department for accommodation

  10. General health care

    1. 29.General medical services

    2. 30.Limitations on right to be included on list of dental practitioners providing general dental services

    3. 31.Pharmaceutical services

  11. Miscellaneous and general

    1. 32.Director of Public Health

    2. 33.Regulations, orders , directions and guidance

    3. Article 34—Amendments

    4. Article 35—Repeals


    1. SCHEDULE 1

      1. 1.It is the duty of a Health and Social Services...

      2. 2.Regulations may make provision as to— (a) the membership of...

      3. 3.Regulations made under paragraph 2(a) shall provide for the members...

      4. 4.Nothing in paragraph 3 affects the validity of anything done...

      5. 5.References in this Schedule to the area of a Council...

    2. SCHEDULE 2


      1. Part I—Amendments


        1. 4.In this Part— “the appointed day” means the day appointed...

        2. 5.The Medicines Act 1968 (c. 67)

        3. 6.The Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 (NI 17)

        4. 7.The Rent (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (NI 20)

        5. 8.The Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (NI 16)

        6. 9.The Fire Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 (NI 11)

    3. SCHEDULE 3



        1. 1.Any reference in this Part to an order is a...

        2. 2.The provisions made by an order shall be in conformity...

        3. 3.(1) Without prejudice to any amendment made by a subsequent...

        4. 3A.(1) This paragraph applies where an HSC trust is to...

        5. 4.(1) An order may require a relevant body to make...

        6. 5.(1) An order may provide for the establishment of an...


        1. 6.Specific duties

        2. 6A.(1) An HSC trust must record such information with respect...

        3. 6B.(1) An HSC trust must submit to the Department a...

        4. 6C.(1) The Department may by direction require an HSC trust...

        5. 7.(1) For each financial year an HSC trust shall prepare...

        6. 8.An HSC trust shall furnish to the Department such reports,...

        7. 9.(1) An HSC trust shall be liable to pay—

        8. 10.Specific powers

        9. 11.An HSC trust may undertake and commission research and make...

        10. 12.An HSC trust may— (a) provide training for persons employed...

        11. 13.An HSC trust may enter into arrangements for the carrying...

        12. 14.According to the nature of its functions, an HSC trust...

        13. 15.For the purpose of making additional income available in order...

        14. 16.General powers

        15. 17.(1) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 16, to...

        16. 18.Status


        1. 19.Re-imbursement for health and personal social services work carried out otherwise than under HSS contract

        2. 20.In any case where an HSC trust provides goods or...

        3. 21.Compulsory acquisition

        4. 22.Instruments, etc.

      4. Part 3A Directions that Certain Functions be exercised by others

        1. 22A.(1) The Department may by direction provide for specified social...


        1. 23.(1) The Department may by order dissolve an HSC trust....

        2. 24.(1) If an HSC trust is dissolved under this Part,...

        3. 25.Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 24, if an...

        4. 26.An HSC trust may not be dissolved or wound up...

    4. SCHEDULE 4


      1. 1.Borrowing

      2. 2.Guarantees of borrowing

      3. 3.Limits on indebtedness

      4. 4.Additional public dividend capital

      5. 5.Surplus funds

      6. 6.Investment

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