1 Citation, commencement and interpretation

(1)    This Order may be cited as the NHS Direct Special Health Authority Abolition Order 2007 and shall come into force on 1st April 2007.

(2)    In this Order—

“NHS Direct SpHA” means NHS Direct Special Health Authority established by the NHS Direct (Establishment and Constitution) Order 2004; and

“NHS Direct NHS Trust” means NHS Direct National Health Service Trust established by the NHS Direct National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Order 2007.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see para (1) above.

2 Abolition of NHS Direct SpHA

2Abolition of NHS Direct SpHA

NHS Direct SpHA is abolished and accordingly the Orders and Regulations in Schedule 1 are revoked.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

3 Consequential amendment of Orders

3Consequential amendment of Orders

The amendment in Schedule 2 is made in consequence of the abolition of NHS Direct SpHA.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

4 Transfer of officers of NHS Direct SpHA

4Transfer of officers of NHS Direct SpHA

(1)    This paragraph applies in relation to any person who, immediately before 1st April 2007, was an officer of NHS Direct SpHA and wholly or mainly engaged in the performance of the functions of NHS Direct SpHA.

(2)    Any officer to whom paragraph (1) applies shall, on 1st April 2007, be transferred to the employment of NHS Direct NHS Trust.

(3)    The contract of employment of an officer transferred under paragraph (2)—

(a)    is not terminated by the transfer; and

(b)    shall have effect on and after 1st April 2007 as if originally made between that officer and NHS Direct NHS Trust.

(4)    Without prejudice to paragraph (3)—

(a)    all the rights, powers, duties and liabilities of NHS Direct SpHA under, or in connection with, a contract to which that paragraph applies shall, by virtue of this paragraph, be transferred to NHS Direct NHS Trust on 1st April 2007; and

(b)    anything done before 1st April 2007 by, or in relation to, NHS Direct SpHA in respect of the officer or his contract of employment, shall be deemed to have been done by, or in relation to, NHS Direct NHS Trust.

(5)    Paragraphs (2) to (4) do not transfer an officer's contract of employment, or the rights, powers, duties and liabilities under or in connection with it, if that officer has objected to the transfer to NHS Direct NHS trust and had informed NHS Direct SpHA of that objection by 31st March 2007.

(6)    Where an officer has objected as mentioned in paragraph (5), his contract of employment with NHS Direct SpHA shall be terminated immediately before the date on which the transfer would occur, but he shall not be treated, for any purpose, as having been dismissed from NHS Direct SpHA.

(7)    This article is without prejudice to any right of an officer to terminate his contract of employment if a substantial and detrimental change is made to his working conditions; but no such right shall arise by reason only of the change in employer effected by this article.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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5 Enforceability of rights and transfer of liabilities of NHS Direct SpHA

5Enforceability of rights and transfer of liabilities of NHS Direct SpHA

(1)    Any right that was, immediately before 1st April 2007, enforceable by or against NHS Direct SpHA shall, on and after 1st April 2007, be enforceable by or against NHS Direct NHS Trust.

(2)    All liabilities of NHS Direct SpHA shall on 1st April 2007 be transferred to NHS Direct NHS Trust.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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6 Transfer of property from NHS Direct SpHA

6Transfer of property from NHS Direct SpHA

All property of NHS Direct SpHA is transferred to NHS Direct NHS Trust on 1st April 2007.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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7 Provision for continuity in the exercise of functions

7Provision for continuity in the exercise of functions

(1)    Anything done before 1st April 2007 by or in relation to NHS Direct SpHA shall be treated on and after 1st April 2007 as if done by or in relation to NHS Direct NHS Trust.

(2)    Any instrument made by NHS Direct SpHA continues in force in relation to NHS Direct NHS Trust in accordance with its terms until it is varied or revoked by NHS Direct NHS Trust.

(3)    So far as is necessary or appropriate, a reference to NHS Direct SpHA in an agreement or other instrument shall be treated on and after 1st April 2007 as a reference to NHS Direct NHS Trust.

(4)    Any form supplied by NHS Direct SpHA, or any form supplied by the Secretary of State in relation to NHS Direct SpHA, continues to be a valid form in relation to NHS Direct NHS Trust until it is cancelled or withdrawn by the Secretary of State or NHS Direct NHS Trust, as if any reference contained in that form to NHS Direct SpHA were a reference to NHS Direct NHS Trust.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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8 Investigation of complaints by the Health Service Commissioner

8Investigation of complaints by the Health Service Commissioner

(1)    A complaint made under the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993 to the Health Service Commissioner for England in relation to NHS Direct SpHA, whether made before, on or after the 1st April 2007, may be investigated by the Commissioner notwithstanding the abolition of NHS Direct SpHA.

(2)    The Health Service Commissioner for England, where she conducts such an investigation, shall send a report of the result of her investigation to the Secretary of State for Health.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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9 Complaints under the National Health Service (Complaints) Regulations 2004

9Complaints under the National Health Service (Complaints) Regulations 2004

A complaint made in accordance with the provisions of the National Health Service (Complaints) Regulations 2004 in relation to NHS Direct SpHA, whether made before, on or after 1st April 2007, shall be treated on and after 1st April 2007 for the purposes of those Regulations, as if the complaint had been made in relation to NHS Direct NHS Trust.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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10 Winding up of affairs of NHS Direct SpHA

10Winding up of affairs of NHS Direct SpHA

It shall be the duty of NHS Direct NHS Trust to take such action as may be necessary for the winding up of the affairs of NHS Direct SpHA including the preparation of the outstanding accounts of NHS Direct SpHA and the performance of all statutory duties relating to those accounts.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary for Health

Andy Burnham

Minister of State

Department of Health

20 February 2006

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SCHEDULE 1 Instruments Revoked

SCHEDULE 1Instruments Revoked Article 2
The NHS Direct (Establishment and Constitution) Order 2004
The NHS Direct Regulations 2004
The Children Act 2004 (Designation of NHS Direct) Order 2005
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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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SCHEDULE 2 Amendment Consequential on the Abolition of NHS Direct Spha

SCHEDULE 2Amendment Consequential on the Abolition of NHS Direct Spha Article 3The Health Service Commissioner for England (Special Health Authorities) Order 2005

In the Schedule to the Health Service Commissioner for England (Special Health Authorities) Order 2005 (Special Health Authorities designated as subject to investigation), “NHS Direct” is omitted.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see art 1(1).

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order abolishes on 1st April 2007 NHS Direct, a Special Health Authority established under section 11 of the National Health Service Act 1977.

The Order revokes the Orders and Regulations specified in Schedule 1 (article 2) and makes the consequential amendment referred to in Schedule 2 (article 3).

The Order also makes provision for the transfer of rights, liabilities, and property of NHS Direct Special Health Authority and the transfer of staff from NHS Direct Special Health Authority to NHS Direct National Health Service Trust which is established by SI 2007/ 478.

A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this Order as it has no impact on the costs of business, charities or voluntary bodies.

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