Underfunding no argument for assisted dying

first_imgNewsRoom 23 July 2020Family First Comment: Superb article from palliative care specialist Dr Sinead Donnelly…“Every week as doctors we see cases where disabled, sick or mentally ill patients will, at their most vulnerable point, contemplate suicide. With the right care and medicine the vast majority are brought out of this vulnerable state to a place of health. Under the proposed Act, those same people could be dead within 72 hours.As doctors caring for people who are dying every day we know the difference that this legislation will make to vulnerable people. It will expose the vulnerable to the extraordinary burden of a duty to die. We are voting no and we invite you to join us in opposing this Act.”Arguing for assisted dying legislation on the basis NZ’s palliative care is underfunded is like saying that the car needs a clean so should be pushed off a cliff, writes Dr Sinéad DonnellyIn recent weeks there have been unsubstantiated claims in New Zealand media by pro-euthanasia, retired doctors or ‘veteran medical specialists’ around the End of Life Choice Act, which will be voted on during the upcoming referendum.As specialist doctors trained in palliative medicine and currently practising in New Zealand, we’re extremely concerned at their argument in favour of euthanasia. It’s wrong and it’s dangerous.First, they argue in favour of euthanasia because, in their words, palliative care has been “underfunded from the start and access and quality are patchy”. They say that aged residential staff “are overworked and often poorly trained in palliative care for the dying”. In other words, they want us to vote at the referendum in favour of euthanasia due to inadequacy and inequity of palliative care and inadequate aged residential care staffing.This is a little like arguing that the car needs a clean so should be pushed off a cliff.When have we, as a society, agreed to prematurely end the lives of patients due to poor funding? In any other situation that would be called callous and unacceptable. It certainly doesn’t pass the kindness test.The second irresponsible statement is that “the End of Life Choice Act is one of the safest in the world”. It is not. The Act’s claimed protection against pressure from “another person” is poorly drafted and provides inadequate levels of protection to vulnerable New Zealanders. For example, the Act requires only one doctor (the first doctor to whom a request for euthanasia or assisted suicide is made) to only “do his or her best” to ensure that person requesting euthanasia has expressed their wish “free from pressure” by “any other person”.The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the very doctors who are also going to be on the front line of the process, told Parliament they won’t be able to detect coercion or pressure in all cases with this test, and that there will be wrongful deaths under this law. To wit:“The College … considers clause (h) where the medical practitioner is required to ‘do his or her best to ensure that the person expresses his or her wish free from pressure’ is problematic. As one member wrote: ‘It will prove impossible to determine if a patient is ‘free from coercion’. What criteria will doctors use to determine whether or not coercion exists? If patients request assisted death, there is no provision in the Bill as to what a doctor should do if she or he thinks that coercion is actually present. Coercion of patients will be impossible to discern in every request for assisted death. Doctors will not be 100 percent correct in their assessments of coercion. Wrongful deaths will be the result of this proposed new law.’”READ MORE: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/underfunding-no-argument-for-assisted-dyinglast_img read more

Clippers’ Marreese Speights happy to earn more opportunities

first_imgAnd a Mo Speights with confidence is a Mo Speights ready to get buckets.He hit three 3-point shots in the Clippers’ comeback, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. And, in a surprise, Rivers elected to reward Speights by closing out the Bulls with him on the floor instead of All-NBA center DeAndre Jordan.“He was huge,” Rivers said.Sacramento coach Dave Joerger used that word – “huge” – to describe the impact Speights would have on the Clippers. And, as he sat between Blake Griffin and Chris Paul postgame, those players seemed to know it too, with Paul smiling and snapping pictures as Speights answered questions.“On nights like tonight where things may not be going your way offensively, you need something to get you going, and his offensive energy and offensive bursts are what I think brought us back and eventually gave us the lead,” J.J. Redick said. “He‘s going to win us some games this year.”And, Saturday was one of them. LOS ANGELES >> Marreese Speights, the player fans and teammates lovingly call “Mo Buckets,” wasn’t sure he was going to get any mo’ minutes.Doc Rivers had seen enough in 4 minutes and 11 seconds to decide that it wasn’t going to be Speights’ half, and as the reserve big man walked to the Clipper bench, it was clear that he wasn’t happy.This, Speights thought, is the opposite of the reason why he was so excited to join the Clippers this offseason. The plan, he said on media day back in October, was to make Mo Buckets even bigger in Los Angeles.“It’s a bigger market, an opportunity to come to a team with a chance to be great,” he said Saturday. “…I understood coming here, I’m going to have a consistent role. I get to do what I do, not look over my back, and just hoop.” And, now, here he was, sitting on the bench, looking over his back.“It felt bad. I kind of went back to (that place),” Speights said. “But, I had to understand and put that aside, that I was going to have another chance to come in.”And, that chance came as a result of a seemingly inconsequential decision late in the first half. The move won back Speights’ confidence and, probably, won the Clippers their 12th game this season.With 9 seconds left in the first half, the Clippers forced a shot-clock violation, allowing Rivers to call a timeout to try and get a score on the final possession of the half. And, in that timeout, he put Speights back in the game.“Believe it or not, the last (nine) seconds when Coach put me in at the end of the first half, that felt great,” Speights said. “I was like, ‘oh yeah, I’ll get another chance.’ Little stuff like that helped my confidence and really helped me.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chelsea paying for Champions League gain – Hazard

first_imgEden HazardLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes the English champions’ defence of their title was always going to be compromised by a return to Champions League football this season.Despite the Belgian’s 13th goal of the season, Chelsea crumbled to a 4-1 defeat at Watford on Monday night to remain fourth in the Premier League, 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.Full-time: Watford 4-1 Chelsea.#WATCHE pic.twitter.com/lmwNoWb8cL— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 5, 2018“I think the Premier League is difficult. It is hard to win every year,” Hazard told ESPN FC.“Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games.”Despite speculation intensifying over his future, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte dismissed suggestions of tiredness for his side’s struggles as an excuse.“The winner finds a solution, the loser finds excuses. In my life I like to be a winner and I am a winner,” said the Italian.However, with his job on the line, Chelsea face a season defining few weeks after West Brom’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday.A home tie against Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round is followed by the visit of Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on February 20, before trips to both Manchester United and City in the league and then the return Champions League leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.Chelsea debut, @_OlivierGiroud_! ?Can he make the difference in the final 20 minutes? #WATCHE pic.twitter.com/uOncsp41zM — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 5, 2018 Next up for the Blues… pic.twitter.com/51eiCCRYzG— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2018Conte has repeatedly voiced his displeasure at the club’s recruitment strategy following the departure of key players in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Vidic.Tiemoue Bakayoko’s poor first season in England following a big money move from Monaco continued as he was sent-off after just half an hour at Watford, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata has struggled to fill Costa’s shoes due to a mixture of inconsistent form and injury.However, with no side having retained the Premier League since 2009, Hazard believes it is the unpredictability of England’s top flight that makes it so attractive to players and fans around the world.“We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different,” he added.“That’s why we love football, if there is only one team that wins it would be boring.“That’s why football is special. You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more