Supplementary Order Paper No 381

No 381

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendment to SOP No 259

Chris Penk, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Schedule

In the Schedule, Part 2, in the item relating to new clause 5A of the Schedule of the Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights) Regulations 1996 (SR 1996/78), after subclause (5) (page 30), insert:

(6)

Despite anything else contained in this Code, a consumer has the right to request and receive services only from a provider who does not provide services authorised by the End of Life Choice Act 2017.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends Supplementary Order Paper No 259 amending the End of Life Choice Bill by allowing disabled and other vulnerable New Zealanders an explicit choice to receive health services only from doctors and nurses who do not engage in assisted dying. This choice will be meaningful for Kiwis who might otherwise fear diagnosis and prognosis from “providers” (to use the language of the Code of Patient Rights) whose practice includes ending the lives of patients.