Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

157B Authorities to issue naming policies

(1)

Each authority must issue a naming policy not later than 12 months after this section comes into force.

(2)

The purpose of the naming policy is to—

(a)

enhance public confidence in the health professions for which the authority is responsible and their disciplinary procedures by providing transparency about their decision-making processes; and

(b)

ensure that health practitioners whose conduct has not met expected standards may be named where it is in the public interest to do so; and

(c)

improve the safety and quality of health care.

(3)

A naming policy must set out—

(a)

the class or classes of health practitioners in respect of whom the naming policy applies; and

(b)

the circumstances in which a health practitioner may be named; and

(c)

the general principles that will guide the authority’s naming decisions; and

(d)

the criteria that the authority must apply when making a naming decision; and

(e)

the requirement to have regard to the consequences for the health practitioner of being named, including the likely harm to the health practitioner’s reputation; and

(f)

the procedures that the authority must follow when making a naming decision; and

(g)

the information the authority may disclose when naming a health practitioner; and

(h)

the means by which a health practitioner may be named.

Section 157B: inserted, on 12 April 2019, by section 46 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 11).