The National Health Service (Welsh Language in Primary Care Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 917 (W. 162)
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 30/05/2019
 
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Welsh Statutory Instruments

National Health Service, Wales

Made

8 May 2019

Laid before the National Assembly for Wales

9 May 2019

Coming into force

30 May 2019

The Welsh Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 47(1) and (2) , 61(1) and (2) , 66(1) and (3) , 71(10) , 72(1) , 80(1) and (2) , and 203(9) and (10) of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006(1).

Title, commencement and application

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the National Health Service (Welsh Language in Primary Care Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2019 and they come into force on 30 May 2019.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

Amendments to the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1986

2.—(1) The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1986(2) are amended as follows.

(2) In Schedule 1 , after paragraph 5 insert—

“Welsh Language

5 A.—(1) Where the contractor(3) provides general ophthalmic services(4) through the medium of Welsh, the contractor must notify the Local Health Board(5) in writing.

(2) The contractor must make available a Welsh language version of any document or form for use by patients(6) and/or members of the public, provided by the Local Health Board.

(3) Where the contractor displays a new sign or notice in connection with general ophthalmic services the text on the sign or notice must be in English and Welsh, and the contractor may utilise the translation service offered by the Local Health Board for this purpose.

(4) The contractor must encourage the wearing of a badge, provided by the Local Health Board, by those delivering general ophthalmic services who are Welsh speaking, to convey that they are able to speak Welsh.

(5) The contractor must encourage those delivering general ophthalmic services to utilise information and/or attend training courses and events provided by the Local Health Board, so that they can develop—

(a) an awareness of the Welsh language (including awareness of its history and its role in Welsh culture); and

(b) an understanding of how the Welsh language can be used when delivering general ophthalmic services.

(6) The contractor must encourage those delivering general ophthalmic services to establish and record the Welsh or English language preference expressed by or on behalf of a patient.”

Amendments to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Wales) Regulations 2004

3.—(1) The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Wales) Regulations 2004(7) are amended as follows.

(2) In Schedule 6 , in Part 1 , after paragraph 13 insert—

“Welsh Language

13 A.—(1) Where the contractor(8) provides medical services under the contract(9) through the medium of Welsh, it must notify the Local Health Board(10) in writing.

(2) The contractor must make available a Welsh language version of any document or form for use by patients(11) and/or members of the public, provided by the Local Health Board.

(3) Where the contractor displays a new sign or notice in connection with medical services provided under the contract, the text on the sign or notice must be in English and Welsh, and the contractor may utilise the translation service offered by the Local Health Board for this purpose.

(4) The contractor must encourage the wearing of a badge, provided by the Local Health Board, by those delivering medical services under the contract who are Welsh speaking, to convey that they are able to speak Welsh.

(5) The contractor must encourage those delivering medical services under the contract to utilise information and/or attend training courses and events provided by the Local Health Board, so that they can develop—

(a) an awareness of the Welsh language (including awareness of its history and its role in Welsh culture); and

(b) an understanding of...

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