We must be very careful about this, and I am most emphatically not in favour of changing the law on ”assisted dying”.
Without suggesting that anyone you or I know would abuse any change, I can think of circumstances where others, including financially constrained health-care professionals/administrators, or unscrupulous relatives awaiting inheritance, might.
Much more research and development of palliative care, ( despite the expense involved ), is the way forward in my opinion. The phrase, ”thin end of the wedge’’ also springs to mind. Having said that I do not doubt that this cause is supported from the very best of motives; but all in all I rather agree with the point in a Facebook post on this subject by Mike Smith :……
”What utter lies Dignity in Dying utter. All the evidence from Oregon and the Netherlands shows that the numbers of people dying increase dramatically year-on-year. The so-called safeguards do not work. And in times of austerity, more and more people will feel they do not want to be a burden on their relatives, friends or society. This is absolutely not the time to say to people, we won’t give you decent social care, we won’t give you appropriate palliative care, But it is okay for a “doctor” to come and put you out of your misery. It wouldn’t be misery if we looked after people properly in the first place.”…..
I also sympathise with these comments on the same thread by Terri Selby :
”So sad that so few feel that ending suffering is much more of an answer to some of the terrible diseases I’ve witnessed people die of over my three decades as a nurse. Terrible disease happens: I have had cancer, but I do not want any of you coming at me with your lethal injections!! Ending life just because health care professionals don’t look for alternative methods of managing pain and suffering is a lazy approach to ‘care’. Even more worrying is people who use religious terminology such as ‘I pray’ when talking about supporting euthanasia. If you have a religious faith, please look at what your faith teaches you about the sanctity of human life…Good palliative care and proper management of symptom control is key. Economically I agree, it would be useful to rid society of these god-dodgers who stay over their time. Also, those refuse to just do as they are told and stop being a nuisance should know when we’ve had enough of their illnesses that cost us tax-payers so much money. But – wait- why not just invest in enhancing people’s lives and develop good palliative care? Instead of it being a cinderella service why not make it a sexy politic hot topic?…. Stop this sleep walking to putting folk to sleep. There is NO DIGNITY IN DYING if we kill ourselves or others. We are talking about taking granny to the vets (believe me this will happen) and encouraging a new, very dehumanising zeitgeist to a very un-brave new world.”
Yet another contributor to the same Dignity in Dying thread ( who will remain nameless ) talks about terminally ill patients ”taking up space and resources” . Well then, the logical conclusion is that they should all just top themselves soon as possible, so that the Government can afford a few more Nuclear Missiles ! (Come to think of it, that may be EXACTLY what this is all about !)……
Let’s not mince words : we are talking about euthanasia here, a problematic subject with a dark history, and we must be very careful and circumspect before we change the current laws to give the State such power over life and death.
Quotes From Doctors Against Assisted Suicide
When a patient says, “Help me, doctor,” he is assuming that his doctor is on the side of his life. Doctors need to have a degree of humility and remember their Hippocratic Oath, that they should use no medications to cause death even when asked.
Euthanasia kills the patient twice – once when we say, “Yes, your life is not worth living,” and then when we help him die.
The law Is unnecessary and dangerous. You kill pain, not the patient.
Assisted suicide laws put pressure on our patients: The right to die can easily become the duty to die.