Concerns that the Act doesn't let doctors have a say
Speaking to Kerre McIvor on Newstalk ZB, University of Otago clinical senior lecturer Dr Amanda Landers represented the Vote No to the End of Life Choice Act and spoke about the alarming concerns regarding the Act.
As a palliative care specialist, Amanda has first-hand experience dealing with end of life patients and their family/whanau. She spoke of the concerns with the inaccuracy of the six-month diagnosis and the various loopholes in the legislation.
"A lack of safeguards, no real consultation with medicine, no real consultation with nurses or pharmacists who are also named in the act."
Listeners called through with questions and comments for Amanda to respond to.
Brooke van Velden, deputy leader of ACT, was amongst the callers. She claimed the Act had undergone consultations with the Nurses Organisation, a medical organisation and through the Justice Select Committee. However, Amanda rightly pointed out, over 90 percent of the submissions to the Justice Select Committee were against the Act. Of the 600 doctors who wrote in, 93 percent were opposed.