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Health and Disability Services Amendment Act 1995  084
13   Amendment to Health Act 1956




   13. Amendment to Health Act 1956---The Health Act 1956 is hereby
 amended by inserting in Part I, immediately after the heading ``Ministry
 of Health'', the following sections:

   ``3A. Function of Ministry in relation to public health---Without
 limiting any other enactment or rule of law, and without limiting any
 other functions of the Ministry or of any other person or body, the
 Ministry shall have the function of improving, promoting, and protecting
 public health.

   ``3B. Director of Public Health--- (1) There shall be a Director of
 Public Health, who shall be appointed under the State Sector Act 1988 by
 the Director-General.

   ``(2) The Director of Public Health shall have the function of
 advising the Director-General on matters relating to public health,
 including---
   ``(a) Personal health matters relating to public health; and
   ``(b) Regulatory matters relating to public health.

   ``(3) Nothing in this section---
   ``(a) Limits any other enactment or rule of law; or
   ``(b) Limits the functions of the Ministry or of any other person or
          body.

   ``3C. Director-General to produce annual report on current state of
 public health--- (1) Without limiting section 30 (1) of the State Sector
 Act 1988, the Director-General shall in each year give to the Minister a
 report on the current state of public health in New Zealand.

   ``(2) The Minister shall lay a copy of the report before the House of
 Representatives not later than the 12th sitting day of the House of
 Representatives after the date on which the Minister receives the
 report.

   ``3D. Director of Public Health may provide advice or reports to
 Minister--- (1) Without limiting section 3B of this Act, the Director of
 Public Health may from time to time, on the Director's own initiative
 (but only after consultation with the Director-General) or at the
 request of the Minister given after consultation with the
 Director-General,---
   ``(a) Advise the Minister on any matter relating to public health:
   ``(b) Report to the Minister on any matter relating to public health.


   ``(2) In exercising the functions of the Director under this section,
 the Director shall not be responsible to the Director-General, but shall
 act independently.

   ``(3) Nothing in subsection (2) of this section limits the
 responsibility of the Director of Public Health to the Director-General
 for the efficient, effective, and economical management of the
 activities of the Director of Public Health.

   ``3E. Public Health Group--- (1) There shall be a division of the
 Ministry called the Public Health Group.

   ``(2) The Public Health Group shall consist of such employees of the
 Ministry as the Director-General from time to time determines.

   ``(3) The Public Health Group shall have the function of advising the
 Director-General on matters relating to public health, including---
   ``(a) Personal health matters relating to public health; and
   ``(b) Regulatory matters relating to public health.

   ``(4) Nothing in this section---
   ``(a) Limits any other enactment or rule of law; or
   ``(b) Limits the functions of the Ministry or of any other person or
          body.

   ``3F. Public Health Group to consult--- In order to ensure that the
 views of the public, persons involved in the provision of health
 services, and other persons are able to be considered in the formulation
 of the Public Health Group's advice to the Director-General under
 section 3E (3) of this Act, the Public Health Group shall institute a
 programme of regular consultation with such members of the public,
 persons involved in the provision of health services, and other persons
 as the Director-General (after consultation with the Minister) considers
 appropriate, but nothing in this section shall be taken to require such
 consultation before each and every occasion on which such advice is
 formulated.''


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