Koinei ra te kawenga motuhake a tēnei ohu, arā, ko te whakahou hāere i ngā tika me ngā māna whakahāere a te hunga Kaiwhiwhi me ngā Kaituku; hei whakatau i ngā nawe me ōna amuamu i runga i ngā whakaritenga tautika me ngā whakaaetanga tautika hei whakatau i ngā whakatutukitanga me ōna whakaputatanga.
The Health and Disability Commissioner Act was enacted in October 1994. The Act created the Office of the Commissioner – with the role of promoting and protecting the rights of health and disability consumers, and facilitating the fair, simple, speedy, and efficient resolution of complaints – together with a national network of independent advocates, under the Director of Advocacy, and an independent prosecutor, the Director of Proceedings. The Act was passed to implement the recommendations of Judge Cartwright in her 1988 Cervical Cancer Inquiry Report. Judge Cartwright stated that there was a strong need for the establishment of a Commissioner as an independent complaints resolution and educational body, and for a Code of patients’ rights. The initial Bill was introduced to the House by the Minister of Health, Helen Clark, in 1990. Following the health reforms in 1993 the Bill was broadened to cover disability services and disability services consumers. The first Commissioner, Robyn Stent, was appointed in December 1994.
The Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights was made by regulations in 1996, and applies to all providers of health and disability services. The Code sets out 10 rights, including the right to be treated with respect, to be free from discrimination or exploitation, to dignity and independence, to services of an appropriate standard, to give informed consent, and to complain. The complaint mechanisms under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act have become the primary vehicle for dealing with complaints about the quality of health care and disability services in New Zealand.
The rights and responsibilities of consumers and providers are recognised, respected, and protected in the provision of health and disability services in New Zealand.
Te Whakataunga Tirohanga
Heoi ko ngā tika me ngā tikanga whakahāere a ngā kaiwhiwhi me ngā kaituku, arā, tūturu kia arongia motuhake nei, kia whakamanahia, a, kia whakamaruhia i roto i ngā whakataunga hauora me ngā whakataunga huarahi tauawhi i ngā momo hunga hauā puta noa i Aotearoa nei.
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