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Doctor: Assisted dying a 'step forward' in delivering care

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Publish Date
Fri, 5 Nov 2021, 10:00am
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Doctor: Assisted dying a 'step forward' in delivering care

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 5 Nov 2021, 10:00am

The End of Life Choice Bill is being seen as a big change to the way doctors deliver healthcare. 

The law will kick in on Sunday. 

People requesting it will have to be 18 and over, in an advanced state of irreversible physical decline with unbearable suffering, and able to make an informed decision. 

College of GPs medical director Bryan Betty told Mike Hosking for patients at the end of their lives, often active treatment stops and medication is used, or over-used, to alleviate suffering. 

He says with euthanasia, a proactive choice can be made to terminate life at a particular point in time. 

“That is a step forward in the way we deliver care.” 

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