74 Health practitioners to give notice of cases of notifiable disease

(1)

Every health practitioner who has reason to believe that any person professionally attended by him is suffering from a notifiable disease or from any sickness of which the symptoms create a reasonable suspicion that it is a notifiable disease shall—

(a)

in the case of a notifiable infectious disease, forthwith inform the occupier of the premises and every person nursing or in immediate attendance on the patient of the infectious nature of the disease and the precautions to be taken, and forthwith give notices in the prescribed form to the medical officer of health, and, if the disease is specified in section A of Part 1 of Schedule 1, to the local authority of the district:

(b)

in the case of a notifiable disease other than a notifiable infectious disease, forthwith give notice in the prescribed form to the medical officer of health.

(2)

[Repealed]

(3)

Every health practitioner who by post-mortem examination or otherwise becomes aware that any deceased person was affected with a notifiable disease shall forthwith give notice in the prescribed form to the medical officer of health.

(3A)

A health practitioner who gives notice of a notifiable disease under subsection (1) or (3) must not disclose identifying information of the patient or deceased person if the disease is specified in section C of Part 1 of Schedule 1.

(3B)

Despite subsection (3A), a medical officer of health may require a health practitioner to disclose identifying information of the patient or deceased person if disclosure of the identifying information is necessary to respond effectively to a public health risk.

(3C)

In this section and section 74AA, identifying information, in relation to a person, means—

(a)

the person’s name, address, and place of work or education; and

(b)

any other information required by regulations made under this Act.

(4)

Every health practitioner commits an offence against this Act who fails to comply with the requirements of this section.

(5)

[Repealed]

Compare: 1920 No 45 s 79

Section 74 heading: amended, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(1) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(1): amended, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(2) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(1)(a): amended, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(3) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(1)(a): amended, on 6 December 1962, by section 2(1) of the Health Amendment Act 1962 (1962 No 76).

Section 74(2): repealed, on 1 July 1993, by section 20(1) of the Health Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 24).

Section 74(3): amended, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(2) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(3A): inserted, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(4) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(3B): inserted, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(4) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(3C): inserted, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(4) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(4): amended, on 4 January 2017, by section 7(2) of the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 35).

Section 74(5): repealed, on 22 January 1996, by section 3(3) of the Health and Disability Services Amendment Act 1995 (1995 No 84).