Why is the Victorian government so worried about criticism of its euthanasia bill that it prohibits doctors from opposing it (“Doctors gagged on euthanasia bill: health boss”, 10/11)? Is it concerned Victoria will be known as the state where the last act of capital punishment occurred in Australia, and also as the place where the first person will be euthanised? David Long, St Lucia, Qld
The claim by palliative care director Richard Chye that doctors in Victoria are not allowed to criticise Dan Andrews’ policy raises ethical and conflict of interest questions. If true, doctors are being strong-armed to compromise their medical ethics. The fact that they are employed by the government raises a conflict of interest situation where the state controls the hearts and minds of its employees.
Chye’s arguments for better training for the medical profession in treating the dying are as compelling as the emotive views of politicians whose experiences sway them towards putting the dying out of their misery. John Bell, Heidelberg Heights, Vic