Posts Tagged ‘palliative care’

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

Killing must not be part of palliative care

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
palliative care

Physician-assisted death includes both physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. The court and society have thrust assisted-death squarely into the laps of physicians and we are now left grappling with what this will look like. My perspective as a palliative care physician on living and dying has been shaped by the thousands of patients and families Read more

Bishop’s warning about seriously ill Catholics in state-funded care

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Seriously ill Catholics in state-funded palliative care are at risk of being deliberately killed, a British bishop says. Bishop Philip Egan’s pastoral message followed a report which concluded 650 people died at a hospital within his diocese between 1989 and 2000 after they were given large doses of painkillers without medical justification. Egan said he Read more

Seymour bill, nonsense. Cannot be fixed

Monday, March 19th, 2018
culture of life

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

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

Monday, December 18th, 2017

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

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

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