Provision of Personal Medical or Personal or Dental Services Under a Pilot Scheme (Disqualified Bodies)

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Primary Care) Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 12th March 1997.

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  1. '.—(1) Notwithstanding anything in sections 2 or 3 above, an agreement which constitutes, or is one of the agreements which together constitute, a pilot scheme may not be made by an authority with a disqualified body.
  2. (2) For the purposes of this section, a body is a disqualified body if—
    1. (a) it is a public limited company; or
    2. (b) it is a person or body which provides medical or dental services other than within the National Health Service and does not fall within paragraphs (a) to (c) and (e) of section 2(2) or 3(2) above; or
    3. (c) it enters into arrangements involving any special obligation or limit on clinical independence or choice, whether by virtue of a purchase, lease, discount or inducement, with any body concerned with the provision of medical, nursing or pharmaceutical services, or with the provision of medicines or medical or related appliances, other than a person falling within paragraphs (a) to (c) and (e) of section 2(2) or 3(2) above.
  3. (3) For the purposes of determining whether a body is a disqualified body, it shall be sufficient proof that a body is not disqualified if the Secretary of State has issued a certificate that a body is not a disqualified body for the purposes of a pilot scheme specified in that certificate.
  4. (4) A certificate issued under subsection (3) may be withdrawn or cancelled by the Secretary of State, and he shall inform the relevant authority of any such a withdrawal or cancellation.'.—[Ms Jowell.]

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With this, it will be convenient to discuss the following: New clause 3—Provision of personal medical or dental services (disqualified bodies)—

'.—(1) In the 1977 Act, after section 28D (as inserted by section 21(1) above) insert—