Medico legal issues

Medico legal issues—including naming of doctors and other health professionals as part of coronial processes—continue to be an area of concern for members. The Coroner's Office is now sending the NZMA all health sector-related decisions.

HDC investigation processes and timeliness also create concerns from time to time. The NZMA will keep a watching brief and maintain regular contact with the Commissioner.

The NZMA was called by Parliament's Justice Select Committee to discuss issues of consent and information sharing, in response to a petition about parents being advised before minors undergo procedures.

The NZMA's submission on the Coroners Amendment Bill supported changes to: