Posts Tagged ‘palliative care’

Seymour bill, nonsense. Cannot be fixed Comments 0

Monday, March 19th, 2018
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David Seymour claims that submissions opposing his bill are the result of a campaign of “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt” from an anti –assisted dying lobby spouting mistruths about the bill. He is seeking to influence the Justice Select Committee to reject submissions and in so doing undermining the democratic process. Seymour’s baseless allegations are deeply Read more

Hospices, palliative care facilities offer physician assisted suicide Comments 0

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

A Vancouver medical authority’s hospice and palliative care facilities now include a medically assisted death provision. The Fraser Health Board’s decision to impose the provision on their facilities has been widely criticised. A number of people have rejected the decision. They include Vancouver’s Archbishop J. Michael Miller, the director of Fraser Health Board’s palliative care Read more

Palliative medicine physicians use morphine with great care Comments 1

Monday, December 18th, 2017
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A palliative medicine physician with 28 years experience in caring for patients and their families at the end of life has challenged ACT party MP David Seymour’s claim that doctors intentionally end peoples’ lives by giving them too much morphine. Dr Sinead Donnelly said she was affronted by the fact that “a politician would imply Read more

Putting Māori values into palliative care Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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The very English model of hospice and palliative care was originally adopted largely uncritically in New Zealand, says Professor Merryn Gott. “But given the bi-cultural context of this country, we need to know what Māori want at end of life and how services can be better directed to meet their needs.” Working bi-culturally is the Read more

Why palliative care is crucial for patients and their families Comments 0

Monday, June 12th, 2017

I walked past two friends of my daughters, fundraising for the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. As well as feeling proud that these young women were choosing to fill their free time with such worthy pursuits, the sight of the “hospice” logo brought back some very vivid memories for me. Some years ago now, my gentle Read more

One conversation about euthanasia in 15 years of medicine Comments 0

Friday, November 13th, 2015

In 15 years of practicing medicine, I have had one conversation about euthanasia and a handful about medical marijuana. Alternative therapy comes up most days but the vast majority of my conversations as an oncologist are about prolonging life. They are about doing the utmost to extract the last drops from a finite life, if Read more

Talking about death: end-of-life care Comments 0

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande’s new book focuses on medical care for the dying. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about end-of-life priorities, when treatment is a mistake and how rules in care homes are made to be broken. SPIEGEL: Doctor Gawande, are you beginning to feel your age? Gawande: Without question. I had Read more

The slippery slope of voluntary euthanasia Comments 0

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The British parliament is ready to discuss euthanasia very soon. Even Lord Carey, the retired Archbishop of Canterbury finds merit in the argument for voluntary euthanasia. Other nations are already committed. I It’s clear that New Zealand will one day vote in a voluntary euthanasia law. But the ‘slippery slope’ from voluntary euthanasia to non-voluntary Read more

Acute shortage of palliative care specialists Comments 0

Friday, November 14th, 2014

New Zealand is desperately short of palliative medicine specialists. “There will be a crisis in that workforce within five years unless something is done urgently to address the situation,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Senior doctors providing end-of-life care tell us that 55 palliative medicine positions exist Read more

Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Did Brittany Maynard die freely? This is the question that must be asked after the attractive 29-year-old woman with a brain tumour announced earlier in the week that she would probably postpone the assisted suicide she had scheduled for Saturday, November 1. “I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy — and Read more