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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

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

Kaye 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

James Judson MNZM, MBChB, FFARACS, FCICM

Emily Chang MBChB, FRACP, FAChPM

Brierley Hoff MBChB

Colin McArthur MBChB, FANZCA, FCICM

Maryann Watson MBBCh, FRNZCCP

Li Shawn Lim MBChB

Mary Hutchinson MBChB, FRNZCGP

Melissa Chan MBChB

Hannah Pincott MBChB

Jonathan O'Donnell MBChB

Jack Haywood MBChB

Adam Simpson MBChB

Harriet Miller MBChB, Dip Trop Med

Susie Flink MD, FACEM

Abigail Frank MBBCh, Dip OMG

Christine Rawlings MBChB

Philippa Edwards MBChB

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

Catherine Ripley MBChB, FRNZCGP

Greg Dunn MBChB, FRNZCGP

Kathlene Soo MBChB

Anna de Beer MBChB

Rachel Heslop MBChB

Unre-Anne Rapley MBChB, Dip Paeds.

Helen Crampton MBChB, FRANZCOG, FRCOG

Jonathan Moy MBChB

Natasha Duncan-Sutherland MBChB

Dominique Hite MBChB, FRNZCGP

William Rush MBChB, FACEM

Colette Pienaar MBChB, FRNZCGP

Elizabeth Jelleyman MBChB, DipObst, FRNZCGP

Amy Irons MBChB, DipPaed

Cary Mellow MBChB, FRACS

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

Fynn Maguire MBChB

Fen Moy MBChB, FACEM

Meredith Stewart MBChB, PCCertWHlth

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

Heather Guy MBChB

Stuart Mossman MBChB, MD, FRACP

Rob van Rij MbChB, DipObs, FRNZCGP

Wendy Pattemore FRNZCGP, FAChPM

Matthew Chamberlain MBChB

Peter Tribe MBBS, MPH, FRNZGP

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

Alastair Yule FRACS

John Rowland MBChB, MRNZCGP

Bernard Leuthart MBChB, BA, Dip Teach, FRNZCGP

Mike Crawford MBChB, FRNZCGP

Matthew Chamberlain MBChB

Min Yee Seow MD

Caroline Wright MBChB, DCH, FRNZCGP

Monica Liva MBChB, FRNZCGP

Andrew Baker MBChB, FRACP

Malcolm Bollen MB ChB, FRNZCGP, DipObs

Scott Davidson BHB, MBCHB, FRNZCGP, FRHM

John Scott MBChB, FRACP

Susan Reader MBChB, DipObs

Christopher Hutchinson MBChB, FRACP

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

Rob Hayes Mb. ChB, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Juliet Fleming MB BS

Bodhi Wimalasena MBChB, FRACP

Helen Pilmore  MBChB, MD, FRACP

Elizabeth Curry MBChB, FRACP

Nigel Yeoh MB ChB, PGCertWHlth

Aritra Ray MBChB

Michael Collins MBChB, FRACP, PhD

Brandon Strange MD, Am Bd Cert Ch & Ad Psych

Daniel Pettigrew MBChB, DCH, FRNZCGP

Melenaite Cuthers MBChB, FRCPA

Penelope Rice Wilson MBChB, FRNZCGP

Pippa McLay MB ChB, DA (SA), MRNZCUC

Chris Ansley MBChB, FRANZCP

Paul Ogilvie-Lee MBCHB

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

Jim McVeagh MBBCh, FRNZCUC

Amira McMurray MBChB, Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP

Bruce Peat MB ChB, FRACS

Glenys Weir MBChB, FRNZCGP

Philip Schroeder MBChB, Dip Obs, FNZCGP

Sarah Masterton MBChB, BMedSc(Hons), PGDipOMG

Sam Illing MBChB

Yukio Flinte MBChB, DTMH, FRNZCGP

Mizpa Essed Artsexamen, FRNZCGP

Astrid Windfuhr MB ChB

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

Atikah Razley MB BCh, BAO

Gillian Brown MBChB, FRNZCGP 

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

Rachel Monk MBChB, FRNZCGP

Michael Tarry MBChB DCH, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP

Evelyn Pui MBChB, FRNZCGP

Christopher Radloff MBCHB FRNZCGP

Avril Boyd MBChB, DMRD, FRCR

John McMenamin MB ChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP

Michael Russell BSc, MBBS (Hons)

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

Daniel Ching MB ChB, FRCP, FRACP

Andrew Robinson BM FRCA

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

Peter Sandin BSc, MBChB 

Theresa Mittermeier MBChB, Dip ObGyn, Dip Paeds

Beth Robertson MBChB

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

Amanda Sommerfeldt MD

Thomas Reid MBChB,  MRCP (UK), FRACP

Helen Bichan MBChB, FRANZCP, FRACP, FNZCPHM, DHA

Rene de Monchy MD, Dip Obs, FRANZCP

Denis Delany MBChB, FRNZCGP

Simon Collins MBChB, FRNZCGP

John Woodfield MB ChB, FRACS, PhD

Amira McMurray FRNZCGP, MBChB, Dip Paeds

Jim McVeagh MBBCh, FRNZCUC

John Woodfield MB ChB, FRACS, PhD

 

 

 


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.