Health Services Regulations, 1972

JurisdictionIreland
CitationIR SI 88/1972
Year1972

S.I. No. 88 of 1972.

HEALTH SERVICES REGULATIONS, 1972.

The Minister for Health, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 5 of the Health Act, 1947 (No. 28 of 1947) and sections 17 (4) (e), 58, 59 and 72 of the Health Act, 1970 (No. 1 of 1970) hereby makes the following Regulations:

1 Citation.

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Health Services Regulations, 1972.

2 Definitions.

2. In these Regulations—

"the Act" means the Health Act, 1970 ;

"the Minister" means the Minister for Health.

3 Commencement.

3. These Regulations shall come into operation on 1st day of April, 1972.

4 Revocations.

4. The Regulations specified in the Schedule hereto are hereby revoked.

5 General Practitioner Service.

5. (1) Subject to article 7, the service under section 58 of the Act shall be made available—

(a) through arrangements made by the health board by way of agreements with registered medical practitioners under section 26 (1) of the Act in accordance with conditions specified by the Minister under that section, or

(b) in any place where it is considered that such arrangements would not provide an adequate service through an officer of the board.

(2) The arrangements referred to in sub-article (1) shall be such that, in so far as is practicable, a person availing himself of the service shall have a choice of medical practitioner.

(3) Any function relating to a health board as respects an arrangement under this article shall be a function of the Chief Executive Officer of the board.

6 Drugs, medicines and appliances.

6. (1) Subject to article 7, the service under section 59 (1) of the Act shall be made available through arrangements made by the health board under section 26 (1) of the Act in accordance with conditions specified by the Minister under that section.

(2) The period determined for the purposes of section 59 (2) of the Act shall be the period commencing on the first day of any month and ending on the last day of that month and the amount determined for the purposes of that sub-section shall be £3.

(3) One half of the balance of the cost of a person being supplied in respect of the relevant period with drugs, medicines and medical and surgical appliances shall be met by the health board, where that balance does not exceed £2.

(4) Where the balance of the cost of a person being supplied in respect of the relevant period with drugs, medicines and medical and surgical appliances exceeds £2, the amount met by the health board shall be £1 plus the amount by which the balance exceeds £2.

(5) Any function relating to a health board as respects an arrangement under this article shall be a function of the chief executive officer of the board.

7 Transitional arrangements.

7. During the period from 1st day of April, 1972 to 30th day of September, 1972, the provisions of articles 5 and 6 shall not apply as respects any health board other than the Eastern Health Board and during that period each such health board shall make available a general practitioner service and drugs, medicines and appliances for persons with full eligibility in the manner in which those services were being made available on 31st day of March, 1972.

8 Committees for complaints and appeals.

8. (1) (a) Whenever, as respects a complaint in relation to the operation by a medical practitioner of an arrangement referred to in article 5 (1) (a), a chief executive officer of a health board, having conformed with the conditions of the agreement, so decides, he may request the Minister to appoint a committee under this article to examine such complaint and the Minister shall thereupon appoint such a committee.

(b) Whenever a decision has been taken in the operation of an arrangement referred to in article 5 (1) (a) as respects to which an appeal is expressed to lie to committee under this article and the registered medical practitioner concerned has...

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