End of Life Choice Bill

12 Third opinion reached, if necessary

(1)

This section applies if—

(a)

the following situation exists:

(i)

the attending medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 10(2)(a); and

(ii)

the independent medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 11(3)(c)(iii); or

(b)

the following situation exists:

(i)

the attending medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 10(2)(c); and

(ii)

the independent medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 11(3)(c)(i); or

(c)

the following situation exists:

(i)

the attending medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 10(2)(c); and

(ii)

the independent medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 11(3)(c)(iii).

(2)

The medical practitioners must jointly—

(a)

ask the SCENZ Group for the name and contact details of a specialist; and

(b)

ask the specialist for his or her opinion on whether the person is competent.

(3)

The specialist must—

(a)

read the person’s files; and

(b)

examine the person; and

(c)

reach the opinion that—

(i)

the person is competent; or

(ii)

the person is not competent.

(4)

The specialist 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—

(i)

the attending medical practitioner; and

(ii)

the independent medical practitioner.