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The Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) (No. 2) Regulations 1989

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Exceptions to the duty to issue a prescription or statement

4.  The duty which section 20B(2) of the Act imposes on doctors and opticians (to issue a prescription or a statement after testing a patient’s sight) shall not arise where–

(a)the doctor or optician who has tested the patient’s sight refers the patient to his doctor for further investigation or treatment;

(b)the sight test was carried out as part of a general medical examination including such an examination for insurance purposes, within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988(1), or for employment purposes, within the meaning of section 2(1) of that Act; or

(c)the patient was resident in a hospital or a clinic, for the purposes of treatment, when his sight was tested.

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