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The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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These Regulations further amend the Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (“the principal Regulations”) by bringing registered medical practitioners within the definition of an “employing authority” and thereby enabling persons employed by them to join the Health and Personal Social Services Superannuation Scheme (though periods of work which do not relate to the provision of general medical services in accordance with arrangements made under Article 56 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) 1972 will not count as superannuable service).

Regulations 1 and 2 provide for the citation, commencement and interpretation of the Regulations. Regulation 3 amends regulation 2 of the principal Regulations by including registered medical practitioner in the definition of an “employing authority”. It also inserts definitions of “practice staff” and a “registered medical practitioner”.

Regulations 4 and 5 amend respectively regulations 14(2) (Early retirement pension (redundancy etc.)) and 15(2) (Early retirement pension (employer’s consent)) of the principal Regulations so that those regulations do not apply to persons employed by registered medical practitioners.

Regulation 6 makes a minor amendment to regulation 62A(2) (Transfers in respect of members to whom regulation 9A applies who elect to join or rejoin the scheme) of the principal Regulations.

Regulation 7 amends regulation 78 (Part-time employment) of the principal Regulations to provide that the Department shall determine what constitutes single comparable whole-time employment.

Regulation 8 amends paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations to provide membership of the Health and Personal Social Services Superannuation Scheme for unapproved assistant practitioners and assistant practitioners who are participating in the Doctors' Retainer Scheme.

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