Dated at Wellington this 9th day of April 2009.
Hon Tony Ryall,
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 MercyAscot Hospitals 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, the Medical Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity: MercyAscot Hospitals) Notice 2003 (SR 2003/8), declared the MercyAscot Hospitals Quality Assurance Activity to be a quality assurance activity under the provisions of the Medical Practitioners Act 1995. The Medical Practitioners Act 1995 was repealed by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, and the earlier notice has now expired.