Mike Yardley’s opinion piece (Dec 3) left me cold and frustrated. The base line to David Seymour’s Bill is that if a loved one is dying and is in unrelenting pain they will have the choice to seek relief in euthanasia. Research proves that about 10-15 per cent of patients in hospice care still suffer despite access to the best meds available. Mike quotes the opinion of the Medical Association, which represents only a minority of doctors.
The association is soon to undertake a survey of doctors to find out the majority’s opinion. Access to euthanasia may become similar to abortion in that for the dying, there would be some where to go to access both professional counselling and the meds required. The law would be clear. The patients would have to have an incurable medical condition that caused intolerable suffering. The patient could judge when life wasn’t worth living. Depending on which survey, between 65 and 75 per cent of New Zealanders agree with an end of life choice. So do I. Clare Richards