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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

Abigail Frank MBBCh, Dip OMG

Adam Abdul-Majid MBChB

Adam Simpson MBChB

Al Donoghue MBChB, MBA, FRCOG, FRANZCOG

Alan Jenner MBChB, FRACP

Alastair Mclean MB ChB, Dip Obs, Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP

Alastair Yule FRACS

Aleisha Sutherland MBChB

Amanda Landers MBChB

Amanda Lyver BSc, MBChB, DCH, FRACP

Amanda Sommerfeldt MD

Amira McMurray MBChB, FRNZCGP

Amjad K Hamid MD, PhD, FDRHMNZ

Amy Irons MBChB, DipPaed

Andrew Baker MBChB, FRACP

Andrew Germann MBChB

Andrew Robinson BM FRCA

Ann Davis BSc, MBChB, FRNZCGP

Anna de Beer MBChB

Anna Holmes MBChB, PhD, FRNZCGP

Anna Nicholson MBChB, FRANZCR

Anna Quirke MBChB

Annabel Dunn MBChB, FAChPM

Annabelle Claridge MBChB, Dip Obst

Annette Hill MBChB, FRNZCGP

Aritra Ray MBChB

Astrid Windfuhr MB ChB

Ate Moala MBChB, MPH, FAFPHM

Atikah Razley MB BCh, BAO

Audrey Fenton MB, BCh, BAO, MRCPI

Avril Boyd MBChB, DMRD, FRCR

Barry Taylor MB, ChB, FRACP, MPP

Bart Nuysink MB ChB, Dip Obs, Dip Geriat Med, FRNZCGP

Bede Squire MBChB, FRCS

Benjamin Hindson MBChB, FRANZCR

Bernard Leuthart MBChB, BA, Dip Teach, FRNZCGP

Beth Robertson MBChB

Bodhi Wimalasena MBChB, FRACP

Brandon Casserly MBBCh, DRCOG, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Brandon Strange MD, Am Bd Cert Ch & Ad Psych

Brendan Arnold MBChB, FRACP

Brendan Ng MBChB, BMedSci (Hons)

Brendon Bowkett MBChB, FRACS

Brian Lee MBBS

Briar Peat MBChB, FRACP

Brierley Hoff MBChB

Bronwyn Armstrong MBChB, FRNZCGP, DipObs., DipPaed, BSc

Bruce Foggo MBChB, Dip Obst,  FRNZGP, FAChPM

Bruce Peat MB ChB, FRACS

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

Bryan Betty MBChB, FRNZCGP, FACRRM

Caleb Armstrong MBChB, FRANZCP, Cert Forensic Psych, Cert Child Adol Psych

Carol Johnson MBChB, FFRadT, FRANZCR

Carol McAllum MBBS, MGP, MPC, FRNZCGP, FAChPM

Caroline Wright MBChB, DCH, FRNZCGP

Cary Mellow MBChB, FRACS

Catherine Byrne MBBS, FRNZCGP, Dip Pall Care, Dip Obs+Gynae, Dip Paeds

Catherine Hallagan BA, MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Catherine McArthur MBChB, FRNZCGP

Catherine Miller MBChB, FChPM (RACP)

Catherine Ripley MBChB, FRNZCGP

Catherine Spencer Taylor MBChB FRNZCGP

Che Siu Lim MBChB, FRACS

Cheryl Johnson MBChB, FRACP, DipPallMed

Choon Wei Wee MBChB

Chris Ansley MBChB, FRANZCP

Chris Harrington MBChB, FRANZCR

Chris Paltridge BSc, MBChB, Dip Occ Med, MRNZCGP

Christina Noetzli MBChB

Christine Rawlings MBChB

Christopher Hutchinson MBChB, FRACP

Christopher Radloff MBCHB FRNZCGP

Clare Doocey MBChB, DCH, FRACP

Colette Pienaar MBChB, FRNZCGP

Colin McArthur MBChB, FANZCA, FCICM

Daniel Ching MB ChB, FRCP, FRACP

Daniel Pettigrew MBChB, DCH, FRNZCGP

Daniel Svoboda MBChB, FRANZCP, CACert

Dave Colquhoun MBChB, MGP

David Atkinson MBChB

David Burke MBBChBAO, MRCGP, DRCOG

David Ewen MB ChB Dip Obst  FRNZCGP

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

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

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

Debra Wilson MBChB, DCH, Cert. Women’s health

Delamy Keall  MB ChB, FRNZCGP

Delia Smith MBChB, BSc(Hons), DipObsGyn, DTM&H

Delwyn Munn MBChB

Denis Delany MBChB, FRNZCGP

Denise Aitken MBChB, FRACP

Dominique Hite MBChB, FRNZCGP

Douglas Iupati MBChB, FRANZCR

Elizabeth Adkin MBChB, FRNZCGP

Elizabeth Curry MBChB, FRACP

Elizabeth Jelleyman MBChB, DipObst, FRNZCGP

Emily Chang MBChB, FRACP, FAChPM

Emma Andrew MBChB, Dip Child Health, MRNZCGP

Eugene Sia MBChB, FRNZCGP

Evelyn Pui MBChB, FRNZCGP

Ewan Adam MBChB, FRNZCGP

Felicity Smith MBChB, FRNZCGP, DRCOG

Fen Moy MBChB, FACEM

Fiona McLean MBChB, FRNZCGP

Frances Moon MBChB, FRNZCGP

Fynn Maguire MBChB

Gavin Pilkington BSc, MBChB, FRANZCP

Geoff Green MBChB, FRACP

Geoffrey Robinson MBChB, FRACP, FAChAM

Gillian Brown MBChB, FRNZCGP 

Gisa George MBBS, MRCGP, DCH

Glenys Currie MBChB, Dip ObsGyn

Glenys Weir MBChB, FRNZCGP

Graeme Woodfield MB, ChB, PhD, FRCPA, FRCPE

Greg Dunn MBChB, FRNZCGP

Greville Wood MBChB (UCT), FRNZCGP, PGDipGP (Otago), DOM (Stell), DCS (BTC), MFGP, DipPEC, DCH (CMSA)

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

Hannah Pincott MBChB

Harriet Miller MBChB, Dip Trop Med

Heather Guy MBChB

Helen Bichan MBChB, FRANZCP, FRACP, FNZCPHM, DHA

Helen Crampton MBChB, FRANZCOG, FRCOG

Helen Pilmore  MBChB, MD, FRACP

Helen Saunders MBChB, DipO&G, FRNZCGP, Dip Travel Medicine

Iain Ward MBChB, FRACP, FRANZCR

Ian Bissett MBChB, FRACS, MD

Ian Gwynne-Robson MD, CCFP, FCFP, FAChPM

Jack Haywood MBChB

Jackie Broadbent MBBS, FRACP

James Judson MNZM, MBChB, FFARACS, FCICM

James Ussher MBChB, FRCPA, PhD

James Worthington MBChB, FRCS (OMS)

Jamie Evans MBChB, FRANZCR

Janet Geddes MBChB DCH FRACP MPH

Janie Worth MD, FRACP, PEM, FDRHMNZ, Dip Emergency Med, Dip Paeds

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

Jay Erickson MD, FRNZCGP

Jayana Devathasan MBChB

Jeff Hoskins MBChB, FANZCA

Jeff Okpala MB BS, FRACP, FRCP

Jennifer Taylor MBChB

Jill Waters BHB, MBChB, FRACP

Jim McVeagh MBBCh, FRNZCUC

Jim Schimanski MBChB

Jo Rodwell BSc, MBChB

Joanna Thwaites MBChB, Dip. Obst., FRNZCGP

Joel Daubney MBChB

Johanna Martin MBChB, DCH

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

John Bonifant MBChB FRNZCGP FAChPM

John Clarke MBChB, FRNZCGP

John Collins MBChB, FRACP

John Geddes MBChB, FRACP

John Guthrie MBChB, Dip Obstet, DIndH

John Malcomson BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRNZCGP

John McMenamin MB ChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

John Rowland MBChB, MRNZCGP

John Scott MBChB, FRACP

John Thwaites MBChB, MBA, FRACP

John Woodfield MB ChB, FRACS, PhD

Jonathan Moy MBChB

Jonathan O'Donnell MBChB

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

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

Joy Percy MBChB, FAChPM

Judith Millar MBChB, FRNZCGP

Julia Given MBChB, FRNZCGP, DipObst

Julia Holyoake MBChB, Clin Dip Pall Med

Juliet Fleming MB BS

Kareem Osman BBiomedSci, MBCHB

Kate Grundy MBChB, FRACP, FAChPM

Katherine Bloomfield BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRACP

Kathlene Soo MBChB

Kathy Davey MBChB, FRNZCGP

Kaye Basire MBChB, FAChPM

Kim Kirk BHB, MBChB, FRNZCGP 

Kimberley MacPherson MBChB

Lawrence Nagle MD FRACP

Leon Dittrich MBChB, FRNZCGP

Li Shawn Lim MBChB

Louise Reiche MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZDS

Lucia Mitchell MBChB, FRNZCGP

Lucy Elkin MBChB, BA, BSc

Malcolm Bollen MB ChB, FRNZCGP, DipObs

Maree Todd MBChB, FRACP, DipProf Ethics

Margaret Guthrie MBChB, DipHA, FAFPHM

Marie Rose MBChB

Marilyn Aday MD

Mark Arbuckle MBChB, FRNZCGP

Mark Jeffery MBChB, FRACP, DM(Soton)

Mark Sherwood MBChB, FRACS

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

Martin Ng MBChB, FRNZCGP

Mary English MBChB, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP

Mary Gillooly MBChB, FRNZCGP, FRANZCP

Mary Hutchinson MBChB, FRNZCGP

Maryann Heather BHB, MBChB, MAvMed, DipOccMed, PGCertTravMed, PGCertHsC(SportsMed), FRNZCGP

Maryann Watson MBBCh, FRNZCCP

Matthew Bailey MBChB, FRNZCGP

Matthew Chamberlain MBChB

Matthew Kelly MBChB, DTM&H, FRACP, MRes

Melenaite Cuthers MBChB, FRCPA

Melissa Chan MBChB

Meredith Stewart MBChB, PCCertWHlth

Michael Collins MBChB, FRACP, PhD

Michael Daly MB.BCh.BAO

Michael Kang MBChB

Michael Nottingham MBChB

Michael Russell BSc, MBBS (Hons)

Michael Tarry MBChB DCH, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP

Michael Thwaites MBChB, FRNZCGP, Dip Obs

Michelle Dickson MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA

Michelle Vaughan MBChB, FRACP

Mike Crawford MBChB, FRNZCGP

Mike Dunn MBChB, Dip.Obs, FRNZCGP

Min Yee Seow MD

Mizpa Essed Artsexamen, FRNZCGP

Moana Morton-Jones MBChB

Monica Liva MBChB, FRNZCGP

Monique Satherley MBChB, BHSc

Naomi Bell MBChB

Natalie Fa'amatuainu Hopoi MBChB, FRNZCGP

Natasha Duncan-Sutherland MBChB

Neil Poskitt MBChB

Nigel Yeoh MB ChB, PGCertWHlth

Oliver Menzies MBChB, FRACP

Pamela Jennings MBChB, FAChPM

Patricia Clarkson MBChB, FRACP

Paul Ogilvie-Lee MBCHB

Paula Cummings MBChB, FRNZCGP

Paula Hanley MBChB, FRNZCGP

Pavel Gajdusek MD, FANZCA

Penelope Rice Wilson MBChB, FRNZCGP

Peter Bergin MBChB, MD, FRACP

Peter Sandin BSc, MBChB 

Peter Tribe MBBS, MPH, FRNZGP

Philip Pattermore MBChB, MD, FRACP

Philip Schroeder MBChB, Dip Obs, FNZCGP

Philippa Edwards MBChB

Philippa Harrison MBChB, FRNZCGP, MRNZCGP, DipObs

Philippa Ryan MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Phillip Munns MB BS, FRNZCGP

Pippa McLay MB ChB, DA (SA), MRNZCUC

Rachel Heslop MBChB

Rachel Monk MBChB, FRNZCGP

Rachel Wiseman MBBCh, FRACP

Rebecca Smith MBChB

Rebecca Somerville MBChB, FRACP

Rebecca Velluppillai  MBChB, DipPaed, PGCertWHlth

Rees Cameron MBChB, FRACP

Rene de Monchy MD, Dip Obs, FRANZCP

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

Richard Germann MBChB

Richard Power MB.ChB.,  D Obstet., DA.

Rob Hayes MBChB, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Rob van Rij MbChB, DipObs, FRNZCGP

Robyn McArthur MBChB, FRNZCGP

Roderick MacLeod MNZM, MB ChB, PhD, FAChPM

Ron Haydon MBChB, FRACP, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Rosalie Evans MBChB, DCH, Dip.Obs, FRNZCGP

Ross Denton MBChB, FRNZCGP

Ross Howie MBChB, FRACP

Ross Pettigrew MBChB, FRACS

Rupali Sharma MBBS, FRACP

Ruth Bollen MBChB

Ruth Wright MBChB

Salina Iupati MBChB, FRNZCGP, FAChPM

Sally Hoskins MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Sam Illing MBChB

Sara Rishworth MBChB, FRNZCGP, FAChPM

Sarah Masterton MBChB, BMedSc(Hons), PGDipOMG

Scott Cameron MBChB, DipObsGyn, FRNZCGP

Scott Davidson BHB, MBCHB, FRNZCGP, FRHM

Shady Osman BBioMedSci, MBChB

Shane Lues MBChB, FRNZCGP

Shankar Sankaran BSc, MBBS, FRACP

Sharon Leitch MBChB, DCH, PGDipGP, FRNZCGP

Simon Collins MBChB, FRNZCGP

Sophie Febery MBChB

Stephen Ram MBChB, FRNZCGP,  FDRHMNZ

Stephen Streat MB ChB FRACP

Steve Williams MB BCh MRCP FRCR

Stuart Mossman MBChB, MD, FRACP

Susan Reader MBChB, DipObs

Susie Flink MD, FACEM

Tan Siew Gueh MBChB

Theresa Mittermeier MBChB, Dip ObGyn, Dip Paeds

Thomas Joseph MB BS, MD

Thomas Reid MBChB,  MRCP (UK), FRACP

Tiffany Sayer MB BCh, FRNZCGP

Tim Prestidge MBChB

Tony Cecire MB, BS, FRACS

Travis Perera MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA

Trudy Wignall MB ChB, FRCR

Tupu Ioane-Cleverley MB BS, FRACP

Unre-Anne Rapley MBChB, Dip Paeds.

Valerie Black MBChB,  RANZCP

Vivien Edge MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, FRNZCGP, PGDipGP (Otago)

Warrick Jones MBChB FAChPM

Wendy Pattemore FRNZCGP, FAChPM

William Rush MBChB, FACEM

Yeri Ahn MBChB

Young-Min Lee MBChB

Yukio Flinte MBChB, DTMH, FRNZCGP

Zita Descalzo MD, FRNZCGP

 


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.