End of Life Choice Act
When the End of Life Choice Act (2019) becomes law on 7 November 2021, people with a terminal illness, who meet the eligibility criteria, will be able to request medication to relieve their suffering and end their life.
Just like any other health or disability service, assisted dying will be covered by the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.
People accessing the service, and their families and whānau, will be able to complain to HDC if they feel they have not received quality care.
The Health and Disability Commissioner will have a number of new responsibilities when the End of Life Choice Act becomes law, around resolving complaints, reporting, education and the promotion of consumers’ rights. We are getting ready and are currently working with the Ministry of Health to ensure health professionals understand their obligations and that consumers are aware of their rights in this complex and sensitive area.
In the meantime, for more information about the End of Life Choice Act and how it will be implemented visit the Ministry of Health website. The Ministry has prepared comprehensive resources for the public, health professionals, and health service providers.