End of Life Choice Bill

11 Second opinion reached

(1)

This section applies if the attending medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 10(2)(a) or (c).

(2)

The attending medical practitioner must—

(a)

ask the SCENZ Group for the name and contact details of an independent medical practitioner; and

(b)

ask the independent medical practitioner for his or her opinion on whether the person is a person who is eligible for assisted dying.

(3)

The independent medical practitioner must—

(a)

read the person’s files; and

(b)

examine the person; and

(c)

reach the opinion that—

(i)

the person is a person who is eligible for assisted dying; or

(ii)

the person is not a person who is eligible for assisted dying; or

(iii)

the person would be a person who is eligible for assisted dying if the person’s competence were established as described in section 12.

(4)

The independent medical practitioner must—

(a)

complete a prescribed form recording his or her opinion; and

(b)

send the completed form to the registrar; and

(c)

send a copy of the completed form to the attending medical practitioner.