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25.  The contractor may demand or accept (directly or indirectly) a fee or other remuneration—

(a)from a statutory body for services rendered for the purposes of that body's statutory functions;

(b)from a body, employer or school for—

(i)a routine medical examination of persons for whose welfare the body, employer or school is responsible, or

(ii)an examination of such persons for the purpose of advising the body, employer or school of any administration action that they might take;

(c)for treatment which is not primary medical services or is otherwise required under the contract and which is given—

(i)at accommodation made available in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 11 of Schedule 6 to the Act (accommodation and services for private patients), or

(ii)in a registered nursing home which is not providing services under the Act,

if, in either case, the person administering the treatment is serving on the staff of a hospital providing services under the Act as a specialist providing treatment of the kind the patient requires, and if, within seven days of giving the treatment, the contractor or the person giving the treatment supplies the Board, on a form provided by the Board for that purpose, with such information as the Board may require;

(d)under section 158 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 F1 (payment for emergency treatment of traffic casualties);

(e)when the contractor treats a patient under regulation 24(3), in which case the contractor is entitled to demand and accept a reasonable fee (recoverable in certain circumstances under regulation 24(4)) for any treatment given, if the contractor gives the patient a receipt;

(f)for attending and examining (but not otherwise treating) a patient—

(i)at a police station, at the patient's request, in connection with possible criminal proceedings against the patient,

(ii)for the purpose of creating a medical report or certificate, at the request of a commercial, educational or not for profit organisation,

(iii)for the purpose of creating a medical report required in connection with an actual or potential claim for compensation by the patient;

(g)for treatment consisting of an immunisation for which no remuneration is payable by the Board and which is requested in connection with travel abroad;

(h)for prescribing or providing drugs, medicines or appliances (including a collection of such drugs, medicines or appliances in the form of a travel kit) which a patient requires to have in their possession solely in anticipation of the onset of an ailment or occurrence of an injury while that patient is outside of the United Kingdom but for which that patient is not requiring treatment when the drug, medicine or appliance is prescribed;

(i)for a medical examination—

(i)to enable a decision to be made whether or not it is inadvisable on medical grounds for a person to wear a seat belt, or

(ii)for the purpose of creating a report—

(aa)relating to a road traffic accident or criminal assault, or

(bb)that offers an opinion as to whether the patient is fit to travel;

(j)for testing the sight of a person to whom none of paragraphs (a) to (e) of section 115(2) of the Act (primary ophthalmic services) applies (including by reason of regulations made under section 115(7) of the Act) F2;

(k)where the contractor is authorised or required in accordance with arrangements made with the Board under section 126 of the Act F3 (arrangements for pharmaceutical services) and in accordance with regulations made under section 129 of the Act F4 (regulations as to pharmaceutical services) to provide drugs, medicines or appliances to a patient and provides for that patient, otherwise than by way of dispensing services, any Scheduled drug; F5...

(l)for prescribing or providing drugs or medicines for malaria chemoprophylaxis.

[F6(m)for responding to an exemption confirmation request as defined in regulation 22A(2)(a), if that request is not one which the contractor is required to respond to in accordance with regulation 22A.]

F11988 c.52. Section 158 was amended by section 20(2) of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 5) and by S.I. 1995/889.

F2Section 115 was amended by paragraph 54 of Schedule 4 to the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (c.7) (“the 2012 Act”).

F3Section 126 was amended by sections 213(7)(k) and 220(7) of, and paragraph 63 of Schedule 4 to, the 2012 Act.

F4Section 129 was amended by section sections 26, 27 and 38 of, and Schedule 6 to, the Health Act 2009 (c.21); section 207(1) to (9) of, and paragraph 66 of Schedule 4 to, the 2012 Act; paragraph 121 of Schedule 9 to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c.9); and by S.I. 2007/289 and S.I. 2010/231.

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