Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
Health Services Charges
19th March 2013
Coming into operation
1st April 2013
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 5(2) and (5) and 19(3) of the Recovery of Health Services Charges (Northern Ireland) Order 2006(1).
1.-(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Recovery of Health Services Charges (Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 and shall come into operation on 1st April 2013.
(2) In these Regulations-
"certificate" means a certificate issued under Article 4 of the Recovery of Health Services Charges (Northern Ireland) Order 2006; and
"the principal Regulations" means the Recovery of Health Services Charges (Amounts) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(2).
2. In regulation 2 of the principal Regulations (amount of health services charges)-
(a)in paragraph (1)(a) for "£185" substitute "£189";
(b)in paragraph (1)(b)(i) for "£615" substitute "£627";
(c)in paragraph (1)(b)(ii) for "£755" substitute "£770"; and
(d)in paragraph (4) for "£45,153" substitute "£46,046".
3. Notwithstanding regulation 2, the principal Regulations shall continue to have effect in respect of a certificate relating to an incident which occurred before 1st April 2013 as if the amendments made by these Regulations had not been made.
Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 19th March 2013
A senior officer of the
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
The Recovery of Health Services Charges (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 provides for a scheme for the recovery of charges in cases where an injured person who receives a compensation payment in respect of his injury has received health services hospital treatment or ambulance services. The charges are specified in certificates issued by the Department for Social Development and are payable by persons who pay compensation to the injured person. The charges in each case are calculated by reference to a tariff of charges provided for by the Recovery of Health Services Charges (Amounts) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 ("the principal Regulations").
Amendments made to the principal Regulations by regulation 2 increase the charges in respect of injuries which occur on or after 1st April 2013. Where the injured person is provided with health services ambulance services, the charge is increased from £185 to £189 for each occasion. Where the injured person receives health services treatment, but is not admitted to hospital, the charge is increased from £615 to £627. The daily charge for health services in-patient treatment is increased from £755 to £770. The maximum charge in respect of an injury is increased from £45,153 to £46,046.
Regulation 3 is a saving provision which maintains the current charges for incidents occurring before 1st April 2013.