Euthanasia, cessation of care and sedation, right to assisted suicide...
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Many of you have reacted to the Vincent Lambert case and other cases of euthanasia or end-of-life for patients.
This subject raises ethical questions and questions the right of patients to decide on their end of life. We will soon launch a survey on this subject, in order to gather your opinions on this subject. The results will be shared in an article published in the Health Magazine.
Pending this survey, give your opinion on this subject now. Do you agree with the UK's laws concerning assisted dying which makes it punishable by 14 years' imprisonment? Have you ever thought about it for yourself or someone close to you? What do you think of what is being done in other countries?
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I think our laws in this respect are a disgrace. In so many, many instances we'd be prosecuted for cruelty to animals if we DIDN'T give a sick or injured animal euthanasia and yet when it comes to a human in intolerable wretchedness from whatever cause, we'd be prosecuted if we did help them end their life.
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Hi. I am all for assisted suicide or euthanasia and think this is a big subject for my generation as it is about quality of life more than quantity.
I have not written my living will and would appreciate some assistance in wording my wishes legally
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Have taken part in the survey. My view to come later. Thank you!
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I am also all for euthanasia as long as this is done with a certain amount of control, i.e. agreeable with/between the patient if possible, family, and Doctors, Specialists and Medical Professionals. This is not to be taken lightly, i.e. as a form of suicide.
It is more about quality of life, especially when one has a life long medical condition, and there is no further chance of survival etc. If the patient is suffering and knows the circumstances they are under then let them also make the decision and have their say! If not, then I feel those closely connected to the patient should have the right to choose and make a decision on his/her behalf!
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Hi Josephine, i have just taken part in the review of Assisted suicide and I think it should be made legal in this country. I already have a letter off my G.P,also my Cardiologist and other medical professionals that i do not want any C.P.R or anything else that would bring me back to life should anything life threatening happen to me..Assisted Suicide should only be allowed if there is definitely nothing else they can do for you, its not just something that should be taken lightly. But I think that this Country need to wake up and join the real World. Both my Parents passed away in agony, because 50 years ago that's the way it was. My Dad had bladder and lung cancer and my Mum had Pancreatic cancer. Looks like i am going to be following in my Mum's footsteps. I don't want to have to suffer like my Mum did. This Country need to take a leaf out of the book in Switzerland. The only thing with the people who are suffering in this country that would want to go to Switzerland is because of the pain they are in, they can't make the journey. Also costs a lot of money, which most of us doesn't have. We have had to have 2 of our pet dogs put to sleep, We had them 16 years each. It broke our hearts but we couldn't let them suffer, so we did what was best for them. Bless Them. And yet us humans have to go through years of sheer agony because of the stupid politicians and the law of this country. They really need to sit up and take notice. Oh Yes, I believe in Assisted suicide and Euthanasia when nothing else can be done and the time is right. Thankyou for listening to me Josephine Take care. Glojo.
I do not agree with assisted dying in most cases as feel that it can be abused, although the Liverpool Pathway was made illegal it Is still being performed under a different guise. The only time I would agree with assisted dying is in the case of motonuran disease as there is no cure and people that wish to end their lives should be able to do so with the help of doctors not have to go to another country to do so. It is such a terrible disease , if people are in their full state of factual statement they should decide. Not another. I feel doctors would play god if this law was changed hence my reasons.
@GLOJO1 I agree completely,
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Hi Flowers, so glad you agree with me about Assisted suicide.When i was in hospital a few months ago, i was talking to one of the nurses that was taking me to Radiology.She seemed a bit sad and I asked her what was wrong.She told me that a friend of her and her husband was driving a lorry under a bridge and some YOBBOS threw a concrete block over the top. It went through his windscreen and nearly killed him A few months later when he could speak, he told his Wife that he wished they had killed him. He just wanted to die. BLESS HIM. He was paralysed from the neck down.So his wife got the FAMILY together and made absolutely sure that this is what he wanted We all know, you cant get any bloody help in this country. You just have to sit and suffer .Yet if it was an animal we can have them put to sleep. Anyway they planned everything out and made all the arrangements. They were taking him to SWITZERLAND Just imagine the pain and heartache his Family were going through.The long journey they had to make and knowing that their loved one wouldn't be going back home with them. Anyway, He's gone now. He's at rest now Love Him. I'm crying as I'm doing this text, so I'll just finish for now. Take care of yourself Flowers. GLOJO X
I feel unless the person is in full possession of their faculties, euthanasia should be decided between courts, loved ones, and any known wishes of the patient, on a case by case basis. If a person requires/wants assisted suicide, there should be some sort of legal process, as a safety net, but it should be then allowed by law, to protect those closely involved, as there is always the possibility of another party, accusing those of acting illegally. I don't feel it should be carried out without legal backing. As a nurse, I have been involved in many passive euthanasia cases, it is simply a kindness, not to actively treat someone, near death and in pain and distress, and this is how I want to be treated when the time comes, just kept comfortable, with loved ones nearby.
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