Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Bill

  • enacted
28 New sections 122A and 122B and cross-heading inserted

After section 122, insert:

Performance reviews of authorities

122A Performance reviews

(1)

From time to time, there must be conducted in respect of each authority a review of how effectively and efficiently the authority is performing its functions (a performance review).

(2)

The first performance review must be conducted within 3 years after the commencement of this section.

(3)

Subsequent performance reviews must be conducted at intervals that are no more than 5 years apart.

(4)

For each performance review to be conducted in respect of an authority, the Ministry of Health must, in consultation with the authority,—

(a)

appoint an independent person to conduct the review (a reviewer); and

(b)

set the terms of reference for the review.

(4A)

Before setting the terms of reference for a review, the Ministry of Health may, but is not obliged to, consult any other person, organisation, or group about the terms of reference.

(5)

A reviewer must, as soon as practicable after conducting a review,—

(a)

prepare a written report on the conclusions reached and of any recommendations; and

(b)

give a copy of the report to—

(i)

the Minister; and

(ii)

the authority.

(6)

On receipt of a report under subsection (5)(b)(ii), an authority must, as soon as practicable, publish the report on its Internet site.

(7)

The costs of conducting a performance review in respect of an authority must be met by the authority.

122B Information about implementation of recommendations to be included in annual report

(1)

If a performance review has been completed in respect of any authority during the first 6 months of the authority’s financial year and the report prepared under section 122A(5)(a) in respect of that review contains recommendations, the authority must include in its annual report for that financial year delivered to the Minister under section 134 the information specified in subsection (3).

(2)

If a performance review has been completed in respect of any authority during the last 6 months of the authority’s financial year and the report prepared under section 122A(5)(a) in respect of that review contains recommendations, the authority must include in its annual report for the following financial year delivered to the Minister under section 134 the information specified in subsection (3).

(3)

The information referred to in subsections (1) and (2) is—

(a)

which of the recommendations the authority—

(i)

proposes to implement; and

(ii)

does not propose to implement; and

(b)

the time frame for implementing the recommendations identified under paragraph (a)(i); and

(c)

the reason for not implementing the recommendations identified under paragraph (a)(ii).