The Hospice Gets it Right on Euthanasia

Legalising euthanasia gains support in Bay
Bay of Plenty Times 3 June 2016
Family First Comment: Head of Tauranga Hospice “From my experience at hospice and hospices around the country, is that when you get that life-limiting condition, or given there is no further treatment discussion with your specialist, initially there is a loss of hope and often people do question, what is life all for and everything else like that, but … after a couple of weeks of being looked after by hospice, anyone who has any questions of wanting to have an assisted death in some way, actually change their mind.”
Well said!

Waipuna Hospice chief executive Dr Richard Thurlow said he too was not surprised by the result, but said those answering in this, and other recent surveys may not be the most appropriate to answer.

“We’re asking a population of people, who, this is possibly the first time they’ve thought about it,” he said. “Is that the demographic we need to be surveying, or is it actually the people who are in the period at the end of their life.”

“From my experience at hospice and hospices around the country, is that when you get that life-limiting condition, or given there is no further treatment discussion with your specialist, initially there is a loss of hope and often people do question, what is life all for and everything else like that, but … after a couple of weeks of being looked after by hospice, anyone who has any questions of wanting to have an assisted death in some way, actually change their mind.”

He said he thought funding was better to be directed into palliative care in hospice, and in hospital and in aged residential care.
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