DOE Letter to Tasmanian MPs - Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2016

As we noted when we wrote to you at the time of the debate on 2013, we whole-heartedly affirm the general concept of ‘Ending Life with Dignity’. Many of our members are directly involved in end-of-life care, either as Palliative Care physicians, doctors involved in the care of patients with cancer, or as doctors working in acute medical settings where patients frequently die. Our members are commonly involved in the care of patients where treatment is administered which may potentially inadvertently hasten death and where futile or unwanted treatment is withdrawn or not undertaken. However, we do not agree that euthanasia or assisted suicide should be considered a valid or licit means of achieving a dignified death.

Read the full letter HERE.