BILL 24 - An Act to Amend the Medical Consent of Minors Act

BILL 24

An Act to Amend the Medical Consent of Minors Act

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, enacts as follows:

1 Subsection 3(1) of the Medical Consent of Minors Act, chapter M-6.1 of the Acts of New Brunswick, 1976, is amended in the portion preceding paragraph (a) by striking out "supported by the written opinion of one other legally qualified medical practitioner or legally qualified dentist, as the case may be,".

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Section 1

The existing provision is as follows:

3(1) The consent to medical treatment of a minor who has not attained the age of sixteen years is as effective as it would be if he had attained the age of majority where, in the opinion of a legally qualified medical practitioner or legally qualified dentist attending the minor, supported by the written opinion of one other legally qualified medical practitioner or legally qualified dentist, as the case may be,

(a) the minor is capable of understanding the nature and consequences of a medical treatment, and

(b) the medical treatment and the procedure to be used is in the best interests of the minor and his continuing health and well-being.