Public safety top priority for Council

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Public safety is the top priority for the Medical Council of New Zealand, following the recent referendum approving the introduction of assisted dying in New Zealand.


Our role as medical regulator is to ensure that when doctors are carrying out the options available in the End of Life Choice Act, this is done safely and ethically in line with Council’s statements and standards.

Council has a number of Statements that set Council’s expectations around ethical standards in patient care. These include ensuring that patients are a doctor’s first concern, that doctors act ethically and treat patients with respect, that informed consent is always obtained, and that doctors provide a good standard of clinical care.

We are committed to protecting public safety, and providing guidance to doctors when the End of Life Choice Act comes into effect.

The Act is not effective for 12 months and Council will use this time to fully consider all implications.