31 Decision-maker for application to Minister

(1) An access application to a Minister may be dealt with by the person the Minister directs, either generally or in a particular case.

(2) However—

(a) the Minister may not direct the person to deal with the application to the extent it involves—

(i) making a healthcare decision; or

(ii) appointing a healthcare professional under paragraph (b); but

(b) the Minister may appoint an appropriately qualified healthcare professional to make a healthcare decision in relation to the application.

(3) In this section—

deal, with an access application, includes deal with an application for internal review in relation to the access application.

Examples of dealing with an application for internal review—

  • making a new decision under section 80(2)
  • giving notice under section 83(3)

healthcare decision see section 30.