We will not kill you: palliative care doctors

WA doctors say euthanasia laws would pose a huge ethical problem for medical professionals (Bigstock)

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is facing fresh pressure over his Government’s planned euthanasia laws, with the state’s top palliative care experts uniting to vow to their patients: we will not kill you. Source: The West Australian.

The attack comes as the government braces for a series of rallies and emotionally charged events in the lead-up to laws being introduced, with numbers in Parliament said to be “tight”.

In a statement to The Weekend West, specialists from across the State have warned they do not believe euthanasia or assisted suicide are solutions to suffering, urging the government to instead put more resources into palliative care.

Spokesman for the group, Douglas Bridge — regarded as the leading palliative care expert in WA — said the introduction of laws allowing euthanasia would pose a huge ethical problem for medical professionals.

“Do not kill is a foundational ethical principle which has been observed by every civilisation for thousands of years,” Dr Bridge said.

“Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not medical treatments and most emphatically not part of palliative care.

“We reaffirm our commitment to our patients: we will continue to care for you to the best of our ability, guided by your choices, but we will not kill you,” Dr Bridge said.

More than 20 palliative care experts have signed the joint letter.

A working panel on euthanasia was due to complete its work this week.

A bill is likely to come before Parliament in August.

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Palliative care experts say euthanasia not the answer (The West Australian)

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