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Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee Inquiry into the Medical Services Amendment Bill 2018 March 2019



Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee Inquiry into the Medical Services Amendment Bill 2018 March 2019

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Inquiry into the Medical Services Amendment Bill 2018 10 1 Introduction Introduction of the Bill 1.1 The Medical Services Amendment Bill (the Bill) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Health, the Hon Natasha Fyles MLA, on 28 November 2018. The Assembly subsequently referred the Bill to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee for inquiry and report by Tuesday 12 March 2019.1 Conduct of the Inquiry 1.2 On 30 November 2018 the Committee called for submissions by 30 January 2019. The call for submissions was advertised via the Legislative Assembly website, Facebook, Twitter feed and email subscription service. In addition, the Committee directly contacted a number of individuals and organisations. 1.3 As noted in Appendix A, the Committee received two submissions to its inquiry and sought advice from the Minister for Health regarding an issue raised in one of the submissions. Outcome of Committees Consideration 1.4 Sessional order 13(4)(c) requires that the Committee after examining the Bill determine: (i) whether the Assembly should pass the bill; (ii) whether the Assembly should amend the bill; (iii) whether the bill has sufficient regard to the rights and liberties of individuals; and (iv) whether the bill has sufficient regard to the institution of Parliament. 1.5 Following examination of the Bill, and consideration of the evidence received, the Committee is of the view that the Legislative Assembly should pass the Bill. Recommendation 1 The Committee recommends that the Legislative Assembly pass the Medical Services Amendment Bill 2018. Report Structure 1.6 Chapter 2 provides an overview of the policy objectives of the Bill and the purpose of the Bill as contained in the Explanatory Statement. 1.7 Chapter 3 considers the main issues raised in evidence received. 1 Hon Natasha Fyles MLA, Minister for Health, Parliamentary Record, Debates Day 2 - 28 November 2018, pp. 1-2, http://hdl.handle.net/10070/305254 http://hdl.handle.net/10070/305254

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