Memorandum by the Scottish Office Pensions Agency
2) REGULATIONS 1997 (S.I. 1997/1916)
1. This Memorandum is submitted by the Scottish Office Pensions
Agency to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments in response
to their letter of 12 November 1997 in which they raise the following
"As respects the definition inserted by regulation
8(b) of `Doctors' Retainer Scheme' by reference to section 39
of the Statement of Fees and Allowances Paid to General Medical
Practitioners in Scotland, state what that section 39 says and
why the text was not set out in this definition."
2. A copy of section 39 of the Statement of Fees and Allowances
Paid to General Medical Practitioners in Scotland is attached
to this Memorandum.
3. Section 39 gives a description of the Scheme and how it
operates rather than a concise definition which would readily
fit in with the definitions in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the
National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations
1995 (S.I. 1995/365). It seemed most appropriate in the circumstances
to refer to section 39 rather than either transpose this material
into the Regulations or provide a brief description in different
terms which might not match section 39 precisely.
4. It was considered that referring to section 39 was acceptable
since those who would mainly have recourse to the definition would
be officers of the Scottish Office Pensions Agency, general medical
practitioners and their advisers, all of whom would have access
to the Statement of Fees and Allowances.
17th November 1977
Extract from the Statement of Regional Allowances Paid
to General Medical Practitioners in Scotland
Arrangements for General Practice Sessions
39.1 The Regional Committee for Postgraduate Medical Education
will arrange for doctors in the Scheme to do service sessions
in general practice where the doctor so wishes and the Regional
Committee for Postgraduate Medical Education agrees. The service
sessions will be undertaken in practices considered suitable for
this purpose by the Regional Committee for Postgraduate Medical
Education. The doctor will undertake the sessions as an assistant
employed by the practice concerned. The time the doctor works
in the practice will be a matter for agreement between the doctor,
the members of the practice and the Regional Committee for Postgraduate
Medical Education and the terms of employment will be a matter
for agreement between the doctor and the members of the practice.
The Scheme is primarily intended to help women doctors to keep
in touch with general practice but there is no bar to men being
included in it.
39.2 Payments will be made by the Board up to a maximum of
the appropriate fee for a notional half-day per week to practitioners
who employ a member of the Scheme as an assistant. The practice
should inform the Board of any increase or decrease in the time
the doctor spends in the practice from that notified to the Board
so that any adjustment due can be made to the payments.
Level of Fee
39.3 The fee shown in paragraph 1/Sch. 1 is that appropriate
for a notional half-day of 3½ hours. The practice concerned
should agree with the Board the number of notional half-days given
to the practice by the member of the Scheme in any convenient
period, e.g., of three months.
39.4 All other arrangements are the responsibility of the
Board in conjunction with Regional Postgraduate Advisers working
under the auspices of Postgraduate Deans and Regional Committee
for Postgraduate Medical Education.