Vic­to­rian sen­si­tiv­i­ties

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

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

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