THIS ISSUE MUST BE DEALT WITH
EUTHANASIA is an emotive and divisive issue. Perth doctor Alida Lancee revealed she helped end the life of a woman in her 80s, who was dying of emphysema, with a lethal injection of painkiller. Dr Lancee has treated both my wife and my daughter and is a thorough and dedicated family GP. It must be an issue that has weighed heavily on her. She was very brave to speak out – she has already had a visit from homicide detectives. Medicine has advanced to a point where doctors can keep you alive well after the quality of life has gone. Doctors use morphine to “comfort” dying patients and sometimes the dose has to be increased to a lethal level. People who have seen loved ones in aged care or palliative care at “the end stage” of life usually think it is a blessed release. But where does it cross the line into illegality? It is the elephant in the room and it is time we dealt with it.
Rick Lee - regional editor