End of Life Choice Bill

  • enacted
21 Registrar (assisted dying)

(1)

The Director-General must nominate an employee of the mMinistry as the rRegistrar (assisted dying).

(2)

The rRegistrar must establish and maintain a register recording the following:

(a)

prescribed approved forms held by the rRegistrar; and

(b)

the rReview cCommittee’s reports to the rRegistrar; and

(c)

the rRegistrar’s reports to the mMinister.

(3)

The rRegistrar must consult the Privacy Commissioner—

(a)

before establishing the register; and

(b)

at regular intervals while maintaining the register.

(4)

If the rRegistrar receives a complaint about the appropriateness of the conduct of any person health practitioner under this Act that the rRegistrar considers relates to a matter more properly within the jurisdiction of any of the following persons, the rRegistrar must refer the complaint to that person:

(a)

to the Health and Disability Commissioner, if it appears that the complaint relates to a alleges that the conduct of the health practitioner is, or appears to be, in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights; or

(b)

to the appropriate authority, if it appears that the complaint relates to a health practitioner’s competence, fitness to practise, or conduct; or

(c)

to the New Zealand Police.

(4A)

If the rRegistrar does not refer a complaint under subsection (4), the rRegistrar must notify the complainant of that fact and of the reason why a referral was not made.

(4B)

The rRegistrar must take any action directed by the rReview cCommittee under section 20(2)(c).

(5)

The rRegistrar must report to the mMinister by the end of 30 June each year on the following matters for the year:

(a)

the total number of deaths occurring under section 16:

(b)

the total broken down into number of deaths occurring through each of the methods described in section 15(3)(a):

(c)

the number of complaints received about breaches of this Act:

(d)

how the those complaints were dealt with:

(e)

any other matter relating to the operation of this Act that the rRegistrar thinks appropriate.

(6)

The rRegistrar must perform any other functions that this Act requires the rRegistrar to perform.