New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000

24 Co-operative agreements and arrangements

(1)

Except as provided in subsection (2), for the purpose of performing its function under section 23(1)(b), a DHB may enter into a co-operative agreement or arrangement with any person (whether or not that person is involved in the health sector) in order to—

(a)

assist the DHB to meet its objectives set out in section 22; or

(b)

enhance health or disability outcomes for people; or

(c)

enhance efficiencies in the health sector.

(2)

A DHB may not enter into a co-operative agreement or arrangement under subsection (1) unless,—

(a)

if the consent of the Minister or authority by regulations is required for that agreement or arrangement by section 28, that consent or authority exists; or

(b)

in any other case, the DHB is authorised to enter into the agreement or arrangement by a plan prepared under section 38, or by the Minister.

(3)

Any authority given by the Minister for the purposes of subsection (2) may be given subject to any conditions the Minister specifies.

(4)

The Minister must, within 6 months of the commencement of this section, produce guidelines to be followed by DHBs in establishing co-operative agreements or arrangements under subsection (1) so that DHBs follow processes that are fully transparent and designed to ensure that DHBs accomplish their objectives in ways that—

(a)

take full account of all issues concerned; and

(b)

are effective and efficient so as to maximise the benefit to the public or group whom the agreements or arrangements are intended to benefit.

(5)

In determining whether or not to enter into co-operative agreements or arrangements under subsection (1), DHBs must comply fully with any guidelines issued under subsection (4).

(6)

As soon as practicable after issuing the guidelines for DHBs under subsection (4), the Minister must present to the House of Representatives a copy of those guidelines.

Section 24(2)(b): amended, on 24 February 2011, by section 10 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 118).