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Being exquisitely careful…

by Henry Cooke, Stuff, 22 May 2018 Tawa doctor and chair of the Health Professionals Alliance Catherine Hallagan submitted strongly against the bill. “It is a bad bill that cannot be fixed,” Hallagan said. She said doctors and other health professionals did not want the law. No safeguards built into the law would be sufficient to make… Read more »

‘End of life bill demeans the disabled’

by Thomas Coughlan, Newsroom, 22 May 2018 The euthanasia bill risks sending a message to the disabled that their lives are valued less than the lives of abled-bodied New Zealanders, the Disability Rights Commissioner says. She argued that the inclusion of disabled people in the legislation sent a message that disabled lives were not worth living…. Read more »

What does euthanasia mean for those who want to live?

by James Eglinton, The Sunday Herald, 17 May 2018 A society that legalises it automatically creates a new pair of choices for all of its citizens. These choices – to stop living, or to carry on living – are both novelties occasioned by the legalisation of euthanasia. If the terminally ill are granted the right to… Read more »

Pediatric palliative care: living with hope and quality throughout illness

by Amanda Alladin, Miami Herald, 24 April 2018 Pediatric palliative care is a specialty that aims primarily to relieve the burden of suffering for children and families living with any chronic, complex or critical illness. Although we tend to equate suffering only with physical pain, suffering can take many different forms. Pediatric palliative specialists seek to provide… Read more »

When it comes to ageism, are we fighting a losing battle?

by Catherine Foot, Centre for Ageing Better, 1 May 2017 Ageism is the last socially normal, socially acceptable form of prejudice. It’s been internalised, ingrained in us. It’s the last taboo. People tend to think of ageing in terms of loss: whether it’s of loved ones; physical and mental capability; or independence, identity and sense… Read more »

Euthanasia Bill risks are too great – expert

by Emma Jolliff, Newshub, 27 April 2018 Anyone who claims assisted dying already happens in New Zealand is peddling fake news, a palliative care expert says. A panel of specialists says the End of Life Bill going through Parliament is dangerous and the burden on doctors to assist a patient to die is too great. Click… Read more »

Commentary: Shortening life to end suffering is troubling

by Thomas J. Madejski, Times Union, 28 April 2018 Compelling arguments have not been made for medicine to change its footing and to incorporate the active shortening of life into the norms of medical practice. Although relief of suffering has always been a fundamental duty in medical practice, relief of suffering through shortening of life has… Read more »