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Chair of Belgian Right to die with dignity association referred to judiciary in death of healthy 85-year-old woman

by HOPE Australia, 29 October 2015 For the very first time since the Belgian euthanasia law was introduced in 2002, the Belgian Euthanasia Commission has referred a reported euthanasia case to the judiciary for review. It relates to the death of 85-year-old Simona de Moor, a physically healthy woman, whose story featured in a Dateline documentary aired in… Read more »

New Zealand ranked 3rd best in world for palliative care

by Care Alliance, 9 October 2015 New Zealand is the third best country in the world for palliative care, according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The United Kingdom and Australia are ranked first and second respectively, and Ireland is fourth. The United States is ninth.The report considered data in five categories… Read more »

Most families are loving and caring. But sadly some are not.

by Baroness Ilora Finlay, President of the British Medical Association, The Economist, 22 June 2015 Jenny (not her real name) was a week or so short of her sixtieth birthday when she came into the hospice. She had advanced cancer and she, and her family, knew the end was close. And her family were devoted. Not… Read more »

Euthanasia law change ‘dangerous’

The Bay of Plenty Times reports on a meeting of 100 people in Tauranga who heard from Dr Thurlow and Dr Kleinsman that legalising assisted suicide would take New Zealand into irreversible “dangerous territory”. Read more.