Assisted dying would 'erode the trust' between doctor and patient
Renowned Christchurch surgeon Phil Bagshaw is concerned the End of Life Choice Act will erode the trust between doctors and their patients, if it becomes law.
He told Stuff that it was not a doctor's role to terminate life or assist patients to commit suicide.
He was concerned about a condition of the Act that says only those with "a terminal illness that is likely to end the person's life within six months" would be able to ask for access to assisted dying, as it was "almost an impossibility to say with any degree of certainty" how long someone who was terminally ill had to live.
Bagshaw also raises concerns about the bill going to public referendum. He said the issue was complicated and thought "pressure groups" on both sides would promote it as more simple than it was.
"They [the public] will hear both sides from two groups, both of whom have strong views and will put those views across in a powerful way, and I think it will be very difficult for most people to discern what is the common-sense way out of what is in fact a difficult situation."
See Phil talk about his views on the Act via Stuff