Majority support required
I learned recently that DHBs are asked to consider the priority which should be given to patients who are morbidly obese, or over 70 years of age.
I suppose I could accept that scarce medical resources are best applied to people likely to fully recover and be a productive citizen, IF I had the choice to end my life quickly and painlessly.
Yes, voluntary euthanasia — able to be chosen by any mentally-competent adult.
Why should I be condemned to suffer a slow and painful death, if I don't meet the very limited criteria of the End of Life Choice Act? Only a terminal illness, my foot! What about heart failure? Motor Neurone Disease — a ghastly death as the person drowns in their own body fluids.
Despite having been passed by Parliament, assisted dying is not yet legal, and won't be unless a majority of people who vote in the referendum to be held at the next general election tick the box that says: “Yes, I want the End of Life Choice Act to come into force.” Us over-70s had better start sharpening our minds about this.
Dianne Cooper, Waikanae