Category: News

Seymour’s bill ‘woefully inadequate’: Disability Rights Commissioner

Tesoriero said legislative change in relation to end of life choice cannot be considered in isolation from the standard and current services and resources available to those who experience serious but non-terminal conditions or palliative care services.  “In its current form, the Bill undermines the position of disabled and vulnerable members of our community. It… Read more »

Lives are precious, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

The New Zealand Herald, 28 February 2018 Most older people I know, like me, forget names, lose their keys, and fairly often can’t find things they know they put somewhere. They have aches and pains and don’t enjoy them, don’t have their youthful libido, and may not feel confident climbing up ladders any more, but… Read more »

What happens when a patient says, ‘Doc, help me die’

by E. Wes Ely, CNN, 20 March 2018 I pulled a chair next to his bed so we could talk at eye level. His face was blank. “I want euthanasia. I’m going to die soon, so what’s the point of living longer? I’m just wasted space.” I felt nauseated. The illegality of euthanasia was not what… Read more »

In Reply to Supporters of the End of Life Choice Bill

by Dr Rosalie Evans, New Zealand Doctor, 27 February 2018 I believe that the care of those who are suffering or who are terminally ill is a very important issue for New Zealanders in general, and for doctors in particular, to consider. We, as health professionals, need to think about how euthanasia and assisted suicide,… Read more »

Doctors, Revolt!

by Rich Joseph, The New York Times, 24 February 2018 The biomedical sciences had begun to dominate our conception of health care, and he warned that “healing is replaced with treating, caring is supplanted by managing, and the art of listening is taken over by technological procedures.” “Doctors no longer minister to a distinctive person but… Read more »

Dr. Arnold Gold, 92, Dies; Made Compassionate Care a Cause

by Richard Sandomir, The New York Times, 2 February 2018 Dr. Arnold Gold, a pediatric neurologist whose belief in the importance of an empathetic bedside manner led him and his wife to create a foundation to inspire young doctors to practice compassionate patient care Dr. Gold continued his humane approach as advances like M.R.I.’s and CT… Read more »

MEDIA RELEASE – New Zealanders’ right to democratic process

Immediate Release The Care Alliance calls on the Justice Select Committee to make an official media announcement about the extended submission period for the End of Life Choice Bill. Care Alliance Secretary, Dr Peter Thirkell, is concerned that the general public needs to be made aware that the closing date for submissions is now midnight… Read more »

Nurses’ unique perspectives on end-of-life choices must be heard

by Taumihau Teremoana, Nursing Review, 1 February 2018 The topic of end-of-life care without fail brings up the “ineffectiveness” or “effectiveness” of our palliative and hospice Services. I would like to weigh in on this argument as a registered nurse who has seen for seven years the direct impact of resourcing on the delivery of patient services…. Read more »

Ron Jones: Leave doctors out of ‘assisted dying’ discussion

by Ron Jones, The New Zealand Herald, 23 March 2016 Since there are currently no medical indications for ending a person’s life, the use of the word “medical” by legislators dishonestly transfers undue responsibility for the act of euthanasia to the medical profession. Termination of life is an anathema to most doctors and I doubt if… Read more »