Shepparton News

101 more euthanasia deaths

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MELBOURNE: More than 100 Victorians have died using the state’s voluntary assisted dying laws in the first six months of 2021.

The figures released yesterday coincided with news that the inaugural chair of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board, Betty King, is stepping down from the role.

Ms King came to the role in 2018 to oversee the process of the state’s landmark legal euthanasia system.

There were 101 deaths through the system between January and June, 2021, including nine in which the medication was administer­ed by a medical practition­er.

Victoria had 192 permits issued for terminally ill people to access lethal medication and 132 doses were administer­ed.

There was also 103 cases — some issued before the reporting period — withdrawn by the co-ordinating medical practition­er or upon notificati­on of the applicant’s death.

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