Supplementary Order Paper No 315

No 315

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendment to SOP No 259

Hon Maggie Barry, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 8

In clause 8(2)(i), after “receiving assisted dying” (page 9), insert “, appending to the approved form all relevant documents relied upon by the attending medical practitioner in making their determination that paragraphs (a) to (h) have been complied with fully, including but not limited to the person having expressed their wish free from pressure from any other person”.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends Supplementary Order Paper No 259 amending the End of Life Choice Bill to amend clause 8 to require that documentation be provided in support of an attending medical practitioner’s decision that the procedural requirements of clause 8 have been met. This is an important safeguard to ensure a measure of accountability, given that the decision may have been based on documentary evidence, such as written records by other health professionals about interactions of the person with family members prior to the involvement of the attending medical practitioner.