Tag: palliative care

Fear of dying should not lead to dangerous legal changes

by Ilora Finlay, The Economist, 21 August 2018 We should not forget that laws are more than just regulatory instruments. They also send powerful social messages. An assisted dying law sends the subliminal message, however unintended by legislators, that if we are terminally ill taking our own lives is something we should consider. Changing the social… Read more »

Proper palliative care makes assisted dying unnecessary

by Benoit Beuselinck, The Economist, 24 August 2018 Symptoms of physical suffering at the end of a disease can be managed with medical therapies and palliative sedation if necessary, making euthanasia unnecessary. However, the Belgian experience shows that when you allow euthanasia for severe physical suffering at the end of a disease, little by little, doctors… Read more »

Why I’m voting ‘no’ on the assisted suicide bill: Seselja

by Zed Seselja, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 2018 It’s impossible not to be moved by the plight of terminally ill Australians who are enduring real suffering. But the question we have to ask as legislators is – will crossing this ethical threshold lead to better or worse outcomes for Australians, particularly our most vulnerable… Read more »

In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window

by Dr Rachel Clarke, The New York Times, 8 September 2018 “When you come to the end of your life, you get the sense that you don’t want to lose yourself, you want to be able to pass something on,” she told me later. “When I had whole brain radiotherapy, I felt as though something had… Read more »

How Euthanasia Hurts Palliative Care

by Wesley J. Smith, Evolution News, 13 July 2018 The delivery of proper palliative care requires specialized training and can be very labor intensive. The most difficult cases may demand a great deal of inadequately compensated time from the doctor. Euthanasia doesn’t require anything like that kind of expertise. Defenders of assisted suicide will respond to… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Euthanasia bill ‘dangerous’ – Palliative care workers

by Emma Hatton, Radio New Zealand, 27 April 2018 The Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are some of the countries where euthanasia has been legalised. But, Professor MacLeod said there was no place yet, where the law provided absolute safety to those who were vulnerable. “There is no jurisdiction anywhere across the world that has produced a… Read more »