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Dr Sinead Donnelly - End of Life Choice Referendum

Pacific Breakfast: 531pi

On Friday, the Preliminary results of the End of Life Choice referendum & Cannabis legalisation and control referendum were released, with the final results for both of the referendums and General Election to be released this Friday 6 November 2020. The preliminary result for the End of Life Choice referendum showed that New Zealanders voted overwhelmingly in favour with 65.2% voting yes & 33.8% voting no, on the question "Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?" This morning on Pacific Breakfast we will discuss both, beginning with The End of Life Choice referendum. Joining us for more on the End of Life Choice referendum results now is Dr Sinead Donnelly. * Dr Sinead has no professional link to Victoria University, Wellington as noted in the introduction for this interview. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

13mins

2 Nov 2020

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Dr Sinead Donnelly - End of Life Choice Referendum

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On Friday, the Preliminary results of the End of Life Choice referendum & Cannabis legalisation and control referendum were released, with the final results for both of the referendums and General Election to be released this Friday 6 November 2020. The preliminary result for the End of Life Choice referendum showed that New Zealanders voted overwhelmingly in favour with 65.2% voting yes & 33.8% voting no, on the question "Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?" This morning on Pacific Breakfast we will discuss both, beginning with The End of Life Choice referendum. Joining us for more on the End of Life Choice referendum results now is Dr Sinead Donnelly. * Dr Sinead has no professional link to Victoria University, Wellington as noted in the introduction for this interview. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

13mins

2 Nov 2020

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Dr Sinead Donnelly: 1000 Kiwi doctors sign letter against euthanasia

The Weekend Collective

One thousand doctors have signed a letter saying they "want no part in assisted suicide".They have urged politicians and policy-makers to let them focus on saving lives and care for the dying, rather than taking lives, which they deemed unethical - whether legal or not.The letter comes as Parliament is due to start the second reading debate on Act MP David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill on Wednesday.The doctors said they were "committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort", including effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care. And they uphold the right of patients to decline treatment.Pacific Island people opposing the End of Life Bill at Parliament. Photo / Mark MitchellBut the 1000-strong group said it believed "physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal"."We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship which is based on trust and respect," the letter reads."We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden."Finishing, they said: "Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide. They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.1000 doctors put their weight behind full-page advertisement opposing Act leader's bill."Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying."The letter - along with 1000 names of the doctors who support it - has been published as a full-page advertisement in today's Herald on Sunday.The advert was taken out by the Care Alliance, a charitable trust committed to nurturing better conversations about dying in New Zealand, according to the website: doctorssayno.nzIt lists the names of all the doctors who have supported the letter, and urges others to sign up too.The letter publication comes after a Canadian doctor who has taken part in champagne parties before administering lethal drugs to her patients urged Kiwi MPs to support the vote to legalise euthanasia.Dr Stefanie Green says 90 per cent of her medical practice has become euthanasing people since Canada legalised euthanasia in 2016. Photo / SuppliedDr Stefanie Green, who has personally euthanised 150 people since Canada legalised assisted dying in 2016, has been brought here by the End of Life Choice Society.The bill passed its first reading by a massive 76-44 margin in December 2017, but MPs opposing the bill predict a dramatically tighter margin of less than five votes on the second reading.Seymour says the second reading debate is likely to start at 7.30pm on Wednesday, with a vote expected around 10pm.Green, a former maternity doctor, said she stepped up to help people wanting to end their lives because other doctors were unwilling to do it after Canada legalised euthanasia. Euthanising people is now 90 per cent of her practice."We have had about 8000 assisted deaths, with no charges against any physicians for any abuse of the system," she said.Patients had to meet "rigorous criteria", she said, and about a third of people who requested euthanasia did not receive it.But she said the actual deaths for those who were approved were usually in "a very beautiful environment"."For some people it's quiet, and for some people we've had 50 people and champagne - quite often there is champagne," she said."There is often a celebration of life just before the death. Assisted death enables people to have a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones and for their loved ones to say goodbye to them."David Seymour plans to amend his bill to allow euthanasia only for those who will die anyway within six months. Photo / FileAs currently drafted, Seymour's bill would allow New Zealanders to request assisted dying if they have a terminal illness or suffer fr...

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23 Jun 2019

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Dr Sinead Donnelly: 1000 Kiwi doctors sign letter against euthanasia

Politics Central

One thousand doctors have signed a letter saying they "want no part in assisted suicide".They have urged politicians and policy-makers to let them focus on saving lives and care for the dying, rather than taking lives, which they deemed unethical - whether legal or not.The letter comes as Parliament is due to start the second reading debate on Act MP David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill on Wednesday.The doctors said they were "committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort", including effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care. And they uphold the right of patients to decline treatment.Pacific Island people opposing the End of Life Bill at Parliament. Photo / Mark MitchellBut the 1000-strong group said it believed "physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal"."We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship which is based on trust and respect," the letter reads."We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden."Finishing, they said: "Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide. They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.1000 doctors put their weight behind full-page advertisement opposing Act leader's bill."Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying."The letter - along with 1000 names of the doctors who support it - has been published as a full-page advertisement in today's Herald on Sunday.The advert was taken out by the Care Alliance, a charitable trust committed to nurturing better conversations about dying in New Zealand, according to the website: doctorssayno.nzIt lists the names of all the doctors who have supported the letter, and urges others to sign up too.The letter publication comes after a Canadian doctor who has taken part in champagne parties before administering lethal drugs to her patients urged Kiwi MPs to support the vote to legalise euthanasia.Dr Stefanie Green says 90 per cent of her medical practice has become euthanasing people since Canada legalised euthanasia in 2016. Photo / SuppliedDr Stefanie Green, who has personally euthanised 150 people since Canada legalised assisted dying in 2016, has been brought here by the End of Life Choice Society.The bill passed its first reading by a massive 76-44 margin in December 2017, but MPs opposing the bill predict a dramatically tighter margin of less than five votes on the second reading.Seymour says the second reading debate is likely to start at 7.30pm on Wednesday, with a vote expected around 10pm.Green, a former maternity doctor, said she stepped up to help people wanting to end their lives because other doctors were unwilling to do it after Canada legalised euthanasia. Euthanising people is now 90 per cent of her practice."We have had about 8000 assisted deaths, with no charges against any physicians for any abuse of the system," she said.Patients had to meet "rigorous criteria", she said, and about a third of people who requested euthanasia did not receive it.But she said the actual deaths for those who were approved were usually in "a very beautiful environment"."For some people it's quiet, and for some people we've had 50 people and champagne - quite often there is champagne," she said."There is often a celebration of life just before the death. Assisted death enables people to have a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones and for their loved ones to say goodbye to them."David Seymour plans to amend his bill to allow euthanasia only for those who will die anyway within six months. Photo / FileAs currently drafted, Seymour's bill would allow New Zealanders to request assisted dying if they hav...

4mins

23 Jun 2019

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Dr Sinead Donnelly: 1000 Kiwi doctors sign letter against euthanasia

The Weekend Collective

One thousand doctors have signed a letter saying they "want no part in assisted suicide".They have urged politicians and policy-makers to let them focus on saving lives and care for the dying, rather than taking lives, which they deemed unethical - whether legal or not.The letter comes as Parliament is due to start the second reading debate on Act MP David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill on Wednesday.The doctors said they were "committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort", including effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care. And they uphold the right of patients to decline treatment.Pacific Island people opposing the End of Life Bill at Parliament. Photo / Mark MitchellBut the 1000-strong group said it believed "physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal"."We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship which is based on trust and respect," the letter reads."We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden."Finishing, they said: "Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide. They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.1000 doctors put their weight behind full-page advertisement opposing Act leader's bill."Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying."The letter - along with 1000 names of the doctors who support it - has been published as a full-page advertisement in today's Herald on Sunday.The advert was taken out by the Care Alliance, a charitable trust committed to nurturing better conversations about dying in New Zealand, according to the website: doctorssayno.nzIt lists the names of all the doctors who have supported the letter, and urges others to sign up too.The letter publication comes after a Canadian doctor who has taken part in champagne parties before administering lethal drugs to her patients urged Kiwi MPs to support the vote to legalise euthanasia.Dr Stefanie Green says 90 per cent of her medical practice has become euthanasing people since Canada legalised euthanasia in 2016. Photo / SuppliedDr Stefanie Green, who has personally euthanised 150 people since Canada legalised assisted dying in 2016, has been brought here by the End of Life Choice Society.The bill passed its first reading by a massive 76-44 margin in December 2017, but MPs opposing the bill predict a dramatically tighter margin of less than five votes on the second reading.Seymour says the second reading debate is likely to start at 7.30pm on Wednesday, with a vote expected around 10pm.Green, a former maternity doctor, said she stepped up to help people wanting to end their lives because other doctors were unwilling to do it after Canada legalised euthanasia. Euthanising people is now 90 per cent of her practice."We have had about 8000 assisted deaths, with no charges against any physicians for any abuse of the system," she said.Patients had to meet "rigorous criteria", she said, and about a third of people who requested euthanasia did not receive it.But she said the actual deaths for those who were approved were usually in "a very beautiful environment"."For some people it's quiet, and for some people we've had 50 people and champagne - quite often there is champagne," she said."There is often a celebration of life just before the death. Assisted death enables people to have a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones and for their loved ones to say goodbye to them."David Seymour plans to amend his bill to allow euthanasia only for those who will die anyway within six months. Photo / FileAs currently drafted, Seymour's bill would allow New Zealanders to request assisted dying if they hav...

4mins

23 Jun 2019