Supplementary Order Paper No 300

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends clause 8 of the End of Life Choice Bill by increasing the specificity of the requirements related to the process that must be undertaken when a request is made for physician-assisted suicide. These amendments will provide further safeguards against this decision being taken without a full appreciation of the consequences, and against coercion or other untoward influences. Specifying requirements such as a face-to-face meeting occurring between practitioner and patient, stipulating that the full effects of the death are considered with relation to whānau, and ensuring that alternative options for end-of-life care means more comprehensive support and exploration of the consequences of physician-assisted suicide are provided.