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10.12.1

in making a decision to refer a Patient for other services under the Act, or in making a decision to prescribe any drug, medicine or other Appliance to any Patient have regard to all relevant clinical considerations as well as the provisions of PART 8 and disregard its own financial interests and other inappropriate financial interests; and

10.12.2

not inform Patients that any prescription for any drug, medicine or other Appliance must be dispensed only by the Contractor or a person with whom the Contractor is associated.

Reports to a Medical Officer36

10.13

The Contractor shall, if it is satisfied that the Patient consents:

10.13.1

supply in writing to a Medical Officer within such reasonable period as that officer, or an officer of the Department for Work and Pensions on his behalf and at his direction, may specify, such clinical information as the Medical Officer considers relevant about a Patient to whom the Contractor or a person acting on the Contractor’s behalf has issued or has refused to issue a medical certificate; and

10.13.2

answer any inquiries by a Medical Officer, or by an officer of the Department for Work and Pensions on his behalf and at his direction, about a Prescription Form or medical certificate issued by the Contractor or on its behalf or about any statement which the Contractor or a person acting on the Contractor’s behalf has made in a report,

and for the purposes of satisfying itself that the Patient has consented, the Contractor may (unless it has reason to believe the Patient does not consent) rely on an assurance in writing from the Medical Officer, or any officer of the Department for Work and Pensions, that he holds the Patient’s written consent.

Annual Return and Review37

10.14

Without prejudice to the Contractor’s obligation to meet all review requirements under the Contract and in particular those contained in Section 5 (Contract Monitoring), the Contractor shall submit an Annual Return to the PCT detailing such matters as the PCT may require.

36 Clause 10.13 is required by APMS Direction 5(1)(l)

37 The underlined words in Clauses 10.14 to 10.16 are required by APMS Direction 5(1)(m).   But the contract may (and probably will) also contain further requirements in relation to contract monitoring (see Section 5 below).

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