Dated at Wellington this 4th day of May 2004.
Hon Annette King,
Minister of Health.
This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This notice, which comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, declares the quality assurance activity called the Otago District Health Board Quality Assurance Activity to be a protected quality assurance activity. The effect of this declaration is that, subject to certain exceptions,—
any information that becomes known solely as a result of the activity is confidential; and
any documents brought into existence solely for the purposes of the activity are confidential; and
the persons who engage in the activity in good faith are immune from civil liability.
Under section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, this notice remains in force for a period of 5 years after the date on which it is issued, unless it is sooner revoked.
An earlier notice (SR 1998/344) declared the Healthcare Otago Quality Assurance Activity to be a quality assurance activity under the provisions of the Medical Practitioners Act 1995, which have now been repealed by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. That notice has expired.