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Disciplinary Process

Practice Notes



The Act

Events Calendar

Orders Available to The Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

(Section 110 of the Medical Practitioners Act 1995)

The Tribunal in making orders may:

  • Remove the doctor’s name from the register or any part of the register
  • Suspend the doctor’s name from the register for a period not exceeding 12 months
  • Impose conditions (employment, supervision or otherwise) on the doctor’s practice for a period not exceeding three years
  • Censure the doctor
  • Fine the doctor up to $20,000
  • Require the doctor to pay part or all of the costs and expenses incidental to any or all of the following:
  • Investigation by the Health and Disability Commissioner
  • Inquiry by the Complaints Assessment Committee
  • Prosecution of the charge by the Director of Proceedings or the Complaints Assessment Committee
  • Hearing by the Tribunal.

The Tribunal can only make an order to remove the doctor’s name from the register (or any part of the register) if the doctor has been found as follows:

  • Guilty of disgraceful conduct in a professional respect; or
  • Convicted by a Court in New Zealand or elsewhere of an offence punishable by imprisonment of a term of three months or longer; or
  • Practising medicine outside the extent permitted by or not in accordance with the conditions on his or her practising certificate.

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