Posts Tagged ‘palliative care’

Broaden euthanasia eligibility: Not now

Thursday, December 1st, 2022
National Medical Director

More palliative care investment is needed in New Zealand, says Royal College of GPs medical director Dr Bryan Betty. He’s concerned about ACT Party leader David Seymour’s desire to widen the End of Life Choice Act criteria. Seymour argues the change is necessary, as many who want assisted suicide are “missing out”. Seymour says this Read more

ACT fears people missing out on euthanasia

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Looser criteria in the euthanasia law are needed, says ACT Party leader David Seymour. A year after coming into force, the End of Life Choice Act is working well and opponents of the law change had “melted away,” Seymour says. “The figures overwhelmingly show a law that is working. People can and do get through Read more

Palliative care is grossly underfunded

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
Assisted Dying Service

Serious concerns have emanated from the first annual report of the Assisted Dying Service. The Assisted Dying Service which came into force last November has just released its first annual report for the period from November to March. By the end of June, 400 people had applied for an assisted death, 143 had died and Read more

Why so little attention given to palliative care?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
palliative care

Our hospices are facing a funding crisis. So, it was a huge disappointment when we learned that, despite billions of dollars being allocated to health, Budget 2022 offered no extra support for the 32 hospice services that offer palliative care to nearly 20,000 patients and their whānau every year. The lack of government recognition given Read more

Assisted suicide ‘like a cancer’ in palliative care programmes

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Canada’s palliative care programmes are suffering while assisted suicide programmes are “growing like a cancer”. Fewer than 50 percent of patients wanting palliative care can access it. These findings contradict  the Government’s stated plans to its improve its palliative care provision. Evidence is mounting that assisted suicide is actively damaging the already inadequate palliative care Read more

Nasty deaths predicted for millennials

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Many millennials are forecast to die badly because our underfunded palliative care system is struggling on dwindling fundraising. Experts say we already have a “postcode lottery” determining who dies in pain. The scale of the problem contrasts with the provisions of the newly available End of Life Choice legislation. The new legislation offers a fully-funded Read more

End of life equity for assisted dying but not palliative care

Thursday, November 4th, 2021
University of Otago

Providing equity of access for assisted dying without equity of access to palliative care is to completely undermine the goals of the End of Life Choice Act, says Professor Ben Gray. “The choice is distorted towards aid in dying and away from palliative care.” Gray – an associate professor with Otago University’s Department of Primary Read more

Canadian appeal court to hear case of hospice refusing to offer euthanasia

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The British Columbia hospice that is trying to preserve its historical opposition to euthanasia is being taken to the Court of Appeal. Because of its views, the Delta Hospice Society (a member-run organisation) is likely to lose $1.5 million in funding from the Fraser Health Authority, a public health care authority in British Columbia. It Read more

Epidemic Response Committee discusses palliative care

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

The Epidemic Response Committee met with the Cancer Society, Funeral Directors Association and representatives of the palliative care sector today. Cancer Society medical director Dr Chris Jackson began the meeting. He said the lockdown has kept people with cancer and immune-suppressive issues safe. However, there have been problems, around people getting treatments, being away from Read more

New guide to deathbed etiquette

Monday, August 5th, 2019

A new guide to deathbed etiquette aims to help people to support loved ones as they die. “Deathbed Etiquette” highlights the importance of good accompaniment of dying people. The guide, is produced by The Art of Dying Well, a project supported by the university. The university says its new guide draws on the experiences of Read more