Medical Practitioners Act

The Medical Practitioners Act 1995 establishes a two-tier structure for dealing with disciplinary matters relating to medical practitioners: complaints assessment committees and the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. A complaints assessment committee must consider any complaints or relevant convictions referred to it by the President of the Medical Council of New Zealand, and may refer the matter on to the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Any person may make a complaint against a medical practitioner by giving notice of that complaint to the Health and Disability Commissioner or to the Registrar of the Medical Council of New Zealand. A complaint may be made orally or in writing. Any complaint made to the Registrar must be notified to the Health and Disability Commissioner and to the President of the Medical Council.

Any complaint made to the Health and Disability Commissioner under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 may be notified to the President of the Council. No action may be taken under the Medical Practitioners Act 1995 in respect of a complaint which has been notified to the Health and Disability Commissioner until the President is notified: that the complaint is not to be investigated under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act; or that the complaint has been resolved; or that the complaint has been investigated but will not be referred to the Director of Proceedings appointed under the 1994 Act; or that the Director of Proceedings has decided not to lay a charge under the Medical Practitioners Act in relation to that complaint.

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Disciplinary control of the medical profession is exercised by the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. The function of the Tribunal is to consider and adjudicate on proceedings brought before it by the Director of Proceedings appointed under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 following an investigation under that Act, or brought by a complaints assessment committee under the Medical Practitioners Act 1995.