RE: Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) May 2019 Editor’s note. The following was recently published by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP). The CSPCP supports conscience rights for physicians, they believe that (MAiD) euthanasia should not be the responsibility of individual physicians, and they view (MAiD) euthanasia as separate from …Continue reading "Palliative care strives to reduce suffering, not to intentionally end life."
Increasingly aggressive euthanasia activists are attempting to rewrite the meaning of palliative care across Canada. Editor’s note. This article was published by Huffington Post on January 29, 2018 and reposted on the blog of Alex Schadenberg. By Dr. Will Johnston, a family physician and Chair of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition-BC. Canadians who are sick and suicidal …Continue reading "The alarming trend of Bullying Hospitals and Hospices into Assisted Suicide"
A palliative care physician says that very, very few people ever ask for euthanasia By Dr. Ghauri Aggarwal Editor’s note. Cachexia refers to “general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease.” We are lucky to live in the 21st Century. Curing and prevention of disease and prolongation of life are achievable. We look …Continue reading "Breaking the golden thread of trust"
By Michael Cook Is the developed world prepared for the avalanche of elderly people who will die of cancer and dementia? A report in the journal BMC Medicine says No. About 75% of people approaching the end of their lives would benefit from palliative care services. But after crunching the numbers, researchers at the Cicely …Continue reading "An urgent need for palliative care as the world turns grey"
By Dave Andrusko A seriously ill baby girl has died after a judge in Nottingham, England authorized the hospital to “move the baby to a palliative care regime,” the Nottingham Post has reported. Justice Keehan of London’s High Court overruled the objections of the Nottingham City Council which disagreed with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust …Continue reading "Six-month-old baby girl dies after justice allows hospital to withdraw “life-sustaining treatment”"
Editor’s note. This appeared at Maryland Against Assisted Suicide. As we see the state of California press forward with the ill-advised policy of legal assisted suicide, we also hear about more and more medical professionals who wish that the medical community would find better actions for improving end of life care. These doctors stress the …Continue reading "NPR Covers Palliative Care Doctor Who Wishes We’d Do More"
By Wesley J. Smith “Persistent vegetative state” is the only medical diagnosis I know of that contains a pejorative. No human being is a carrot. And the more we learn about these persistently unconscious patients, the more we seem to be discovering that they may not be “gone” after all. Now, a study shows that …Continue reading "Terri Schiavo-Type Patients May Feel Pain"
By Jennifer Popik, JD Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics 79% of physicians believe too much money is spent saving lives, a view held by only 37% of the general population, according to a Regence/National Journal poll published November 15th. One of the survey questions asked 500 board-certified doctors and 600 members of the general …Continue reading "Despite Support for Palliative Care, Doctors and Patients at Odds Over Emphasis on Cost"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appears on Wesley’s terrific blog. As I watch Compassion and Choices (once the Hemlock Society), it appears to have a couple of long term goals. First and foremost, of course, is the complete legalization of assisted suicide throughout the country, supposedly restricted to the terminally ill under guidelines. …Continue reading "More Than Raw Information Checklists Needed for Good Palliative Care"