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An Open Letter to New Zealanders


 

Doctors want no part in assisted suicide

 

We endorse the views of the World Medical Association and the New Zealand Medical Association that physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal. 

We are committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort, including the provision of effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care.

We uphold the right of patients to decline treatment, as set out in the NZ Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.

We know that the proper provision of pain relief, even if it may unintentionally  hasten the death of the patient, is ethical and legal.  Equally the withdrawal or withholding of futile treatment in favour of palliative care is ethical and 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.

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.

Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide.  They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.  Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying.

 

Sinead Donnelly MD, FRCPI, FRACP, FAChPM

Adam Abdul-Majid MBChB

Jamie Evans MBChB, FRANZCR

Carol Johnson MBChB, FFRadT, FRANZCR

Rees Cameron MBChB, FRACP

Douglas Iupati MBChB, FRANZCR

Joanna Thwaites MBChB, Dip. Obst., FRNZCGP

John Thwaites MBChB, MBA, FRACP

Philippa Ryan MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Catherine Hallagan BA, MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Amanda Landers MBChB

Catherine Miller MBChB, FChPM (RACP)

Anna Holmes MBChB, PhD, FRNZCGP

Paula Cummings MBChB, FRNZCGP

Anna Nicholson MBChB, FRANZCR

Salina Iupati MBChB, FRNZCGP, FAChPM

Geoffrey Robinson MBChB, FRACP, FAChAM

Andrew Germann MBChB

David Hamilton MBChB, FRCR, FRCP(Edin), FAChPM, FRANZCR

Brendon Bowkett MBChB, FRACS

Carol McAllum MBBS, MGP, MPC, FRNZCGP, FAChPM

Elizabeth Adkin MBChB, FRNZCGP

Annabel Dunn MBChB, FAChPM

Michelle Vaughan MBChB, FRACP

Dave Colquhoun MBChB, MGP

Tan Siew Gueh MBChB

Amanda Lyver BSc, MBChB, DCH, FRACP

Clare Doocey MBChB, DCH, FRACP

Rachel Wiseman MBBCh, FRACP

Chris Harrington MBChB, FRANZCR

Amjad K Hamid MD, PhD, FDRHMNZ

Philip Pattermore MBChB, MD, FRACP

Oliver Menzies MBChB, FRACP

Ian Bissett MBChB, FRACS, MD

Martin Connolly MB.BS (Hons), MD, FRCP(UK), FRACP

Briar Peat MBChB, FRACP

Robyn McArthur MBChB, FRNZCGP

Sally Hoskins MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Steve Williams MB BCh MRCP FRCR

Gavin Pilkington BSc, MBChB, FRANZCP

Annabelle Claridge MBChB, Dip Obst

John Geddes MBChB, FRACP

Richard Germann MBChB

Brandon Casserly MBBCh, DRCOG, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Catherine McArthur MBChB, FRNZCGP

Ross Denton MBChB, FRNZCGP

James Ussher MBChB, FRCPA, PhD

Katherine Bloomfield BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRACP

Peter Bergin MBChB, MD, FRACP

John Bonifant MBChB FRNZCGP FAChPM

David Ewen MB ChB Dip Obst  FRNZCGP

Sara Rishworth MBChB, FRNZCGP, FAChPM

Kathy Davey MBChB, FRNZCGP

Stephen Ram MBChB, FRNZCGP,  FDRHMNZ

Rebecca Smith MBChB

Al Donoghue MBChB, MBA, FRCOG, FRANZCOG

Audrey Fenton MB, BCh, BAO, MRCPI

Zita Descalzo MD, FRNZCGP

Graeme Woodfield MB, ChB, PhD, FRCPA, FRCPE

Ron Haydon MBChB, FRACP, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Ian Gwynne-Robson MD, CCFP, FCFP, FAChPM

Pavel Gajdusek MD, FANZCA

Paula Hanley MBChB, FRNZCGP

David Tripp BSc(Hons), MCom(Hons), ATCL, MBChB(Dist), FRACP, FCICM, DCH, PGCertPPU

Anna de Beer MBChB

Alastair McLean MBChB  FRNZCGP

Tony Cecire MB BS, FRACS

Kimberley MacPherson MBChB

Trudy Wignall MB ChB, FRCR

Brendan Ng MBChB, BMedSci (Hons)

Ross Pettigrew MBChB, FRACS

Mark Sherwood MBChB, FRACS

Ate Moala MBChB, MPH, FAFPHM

Naomi Bell MBChB

Moana Morton-Jones MBChB

John Collins MBChB, FRACP

Martin Ng MBChB, FRNZCGP

Travis Perera MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA

Patricia Clarkson MBChB, FRACP

Alan Jenner MBChB, FRACP

Daniel Svoboda MBChB, FRANZCP, CACert

John  Windsor BSc, MBChB, MD, FRACS, FACS, FRSNZ

Margaret Guthrie MBChB, DipHA, FAFPHM

Cheryl Johnson MBChB, FRACP, DipPallMed

David Atkinson MBChB

Warrick Jones MBChB FAChPM

Catherine Spencer Taylor MBChB FRNZCGP

John Malcomson BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRNZCGP

Jim Schimanski MBChB

Barry Taylor MB, ChB, FRACP, MPP

David Richmond (retired) MBChB, MHPEd, BD, MD, FRACP, FRCP, Dip ABIM Int. Med, Dip ABIM (Neph)

Fiona McLean MBChB, FRNZCGP

Rhys Parry MBChB, BAppSci (MIT), PGDip (HSM), Dip Paeds.

Chris Paltridge BSc, MBChB, Dip Occ Med, MRNZCGP

Jennifer Taylor MBChB

Julia Given MBChB, FRNZCGP, DipObst

Gisa George MBBS, MRCGP, DCH

Mike Crawford MBChB, FRNZCGP

Thomas Joseph MB BS, MD

Scott Cameron MBChB, DipObsGyn, FRNZCGP

Kareem Osman BBiomedSci, MBCHB

Tiffany Sayer MB BCh, FRNZCGP

Shady Osman BBioMedSci, MBChB

Ann Davis BSc, MBChB, FRNZCGP

Geoff Green MBChB, FRACP

Ross Howie MBChB, FRACP

Greg Dunn MBCHB, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP

Kate Grundy MBChB, FRACP, FAChPM

Tim Prestidge MBChB

Jo Rodwell BSc, MBChB

Judith Millar MBChB, FRNZCGP

Benjamin Hindson MBChB, FRANZCR

Mike Dunn MBChB, Dip.Obs, FRNZCGP

Julia Holyoake MBChB, Clin Dip Pall Med

James Worthington MBChB, FRCS (OMS)

Glenys Currie MBChB, Dip ObsGyn

Rupali Sharma MBBS, FRACP

Iain Ward MBChB, FRACP, FRANZCR

Matthew Bailey MBChB, FRNZCGP

Mark Jeffery MBChB, FRACP, DM(Soton)

Mary English MBChB, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP

Jayana Devathasan MBChB

Phillip Munns MB BS, FRNZCGP

Shane Lues MBChB, FRNZCGP

Sophie Febery MBChB

John Guthrie MBChB, Dip Obstet, DIndH

Michael Nottingham MBChB

Eugene Sia MBChB, FRNZCGP

Lucia Mitchell MBChB, FRNZCGP

Marilyn Aday MD

Lawrence Nagle MD FRACP

Ruth Wright MBChB

Rosalie Evans MBChB, DCH, Dip.Obs, FRNZCGP

Johanna Martin MBChB, DCH

Josephine Williams MBChB, Dip Geri Med, Dip Obs, MPH, FRNZCGP

Rob Hayes MBChB, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Brendan Arnold MBChB, FRACP

Pamela Jennings MBChB, FAChPM

Matthew Kelly MBChB, DTM&H, FRACP, MRes

Janet Geddes MBChB DCH FRACP MPH

Natalie Fa'amatuainu Hopoi MBChB, FRNZCGP

Bryan Betty MBChB, FRNZCGP, FACRRM

Michelle Dickson MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA

Louise Reiche MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZDS

Anna Quirke MBChB

John Clarke MBChB, FRNZCGP

Joseph Hassan MBChB, DCH, Dip Obst., MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Joel Daubney MBChB

Andrew Robinson MB, FRCA

Michael Thwaites MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip Obs

Tupu Ioane-Cleverley MB BS, FRACP

Denise Aitken MBChB, FRACP

Neil Poskitt MBChB

Rebecca Velluppillai  MBChB, DipPaed, PGCertWHlth

Emma Andrew MBChB, Dip Child Health, MRNZCGP

Bede Squire MBChB, FRCS

Kim Kirk BHB, MBChB, FRNZCGP 

Valerie Black MBChB,  RANZCP

Annette Hill MBChB, FRNZCGP

Jackie Broadbent MBBS, FRACP

Sharon Leitch MBChB, DCH, PGDipGP, FRNZCGP

Ewan Adam MBChB, FRNZCGP

Leon Dittrich MBChB, FRNZCGP

Choon Wei Wee MBChB

Felicity Smith MBChB, FRNZCGP, DRCOG

Bruce Pitchford MB.BCh, M(Prax)Med,  DA(SA), dipObs, FRNZCGP

Lucy Elkin MBChB, BA, BSc

Jay Erickson MD, FRNZCGP

Frances Moon MBChB, FRNZCGP

Hammond Williamson MB ChB, Dip Obs, Dip MSM,FRNZCGP

Che Siu Lim MBChB, FRACS

Beth Robertson MBChB

Graeme Woodfield MB,ChB, PhD, FRCPA, FRCPE

Mary Gillooly MBChB, FRNZCGP, FRANZCP

Bruce Foggo MBChB, Dip Obst,  FRNZGP, FAChPM

Joy Percy MBChB, FAChPM

Roderick MacLeod MNZM, MB ChB, PhD, FAChPM

Scott Cameron MBChB, DipObsGyn, FRNZCGP

Tony Cecire MB, BS, FRACS

Julia Given MBChb, DipObst, FRNZCGP

David Burke MBBChBAO, MRCGP, DRCOG

Janine Winters MD, Am Bd Cert Fam Prac, Am Bd Cert Family Med

Delamy Keall  MB ChB, FRNZCGP

Mark Arbuckle MBChB, FRNZCGP

Kay Basire MBChB, FAChPM

Jeff Hoskins MBChB, FANZCA

Young-Min Lee MBChB

Delwyn Munn MBChB

Brian Lee MBBS

Stephen Streat MB ChB FRACP

Michael Daly MB.BCh.BAO

Michael Kang MBChB

Yeri Ahn MBChB

Rebecca Somerville MBChB, FRACP

 

 


If you are a New Zealand doctor and would like to add your name to this Open Letter, please email sinead@carealliance.org.nz

 

This initiative has been organised by the Care Alliance, a charitable trust committed to nurturing better conversations about dying in Aotearoa New Zealand.