Eu­thana­sia de­bate

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - — Arnold Jago

GOVERN­MENT plans to le­galise in­ten­tional killing or “as­sisted dy­ing” of peo­ple with “in­tol­er­a­ble” symp­toms who are “ex­pected to die within 12 months” are a bad idea.

The 12 months life ex­pectancy cri­te­rion can only be some­body’s guess.

Good doc­tors are never happy about fore­cast­ing likely time of death.

Such pre­dic­tions can never be ex­actly right. Spontaneous re­mis­sions hap­pen.

New treat­ments be­come avail­able. Like­wise, re­gard­ing “in­tol­er­a­ble” suf­fer­ing.

Suf­fer­ing can of­ten be ag­gra­vated by in­ad­e­quate ther­apy for pain con­trol, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, nau­sea etc. also by other rev­ersible fac­tors in­clud­ing lone­li­ness, fear of de­pen­dence or fam­ily con­flicts.

If these are ad­dressed, the sit­u­a­tion may be­come more tol­er­a­ble...

That’s my view after 50-plus years of doc­tor­ing (now re­tired).

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