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Doctors Can Be Stuck Off If They Ignore the Right to Die, GMC to Announce

Health & Wellness  (tags: doctors, right to die, terminally ill, rights, food, water )

- 3324 days ago -
They must allow the terminally ill to refuse food and water if the patient does not want treatment that prolongs their life and must abide by "living wills" in which patients specify in advance that they do not want to be resuscitated


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Mamie Beaudoin (4)
Thursday May 20, 2010, 1:47 pm
We often hear people say that doctors cannot play god when it comes to the right to die! But why do the same people allow them to play god keeping people alive, suffering excruciating pain physically and emotionaly? And its torture to watch someone you love suffer so much, knowing they no longer want to live. Yet, we allow animal euthanasia. I suffer now and do not look forward to the progression of my disability well into old age. I really hope that someone will have mercy on me when I can no longer tolerate the torture.

Thursday May 20, 2010, 2:59 pm
I have a living will and do not want my life prolonged if there is no hope of recovery. I don't want to be tortured by the side effects of drugs to keep me alive when my body is trying to die.
I truly wish euthanasia was legal for humans everywhere.
It's so humane to be able to help our beloved pets end their life without unnecessary suffering, yet we can't help ourselves or our loved ones die with dignity and not suffer needlessly when we know the outcome will be death within days ...or less anyway.
Mercy is what is missing.

Mamie Beaudoin (4)
Thursday May 20, 2010, 4:29 pm
I agree with you Marilyn, 100%! We pet owners appreciate that euthanasia is available for the sick and suffering of our animal loved ones. But, when it comes to the human animal, somehow some people imagine that there will be senseless killing!! Our laws and ethics would never allow it. There would be the strictest criteria of course, not random killings. There are healthcare workers today who secretly help stop patient suffering by letting them die in hospitals all around the world. Its been happening for a long time. I feel that it would be better monitered if it were legal. Marilyn, I wanted to send you a star but I'm new here and haven't had time to make friends. I need at least one to send a star! Sorry! Mamie

Tom Edgar (56)
Thursday May 20, 2010, 6:00 pm
My wife was in I C when the doctor told me that there was no hope as lung cancer had been detected.
I said. "Give me and my children enough time to say our farewells, and then pull the plug." Well I know she was out to it but also able to hear. The only reaction was a tear that fell from her eyes. She died ten minutes after life support was removed, with me holding her hand. I could ask for no more.

Now at a more advanced age I wish for a more formal way for me to depart when the time comes. I am reluctant to use one of my firearms as it means a mess for somebody else, or maybe ultimately I'm a coward.
To go to sleep and not wake up, to me is the way to go. The Hippocratic oath says. "First of all do no harm."
Forcing people to endure pain or life when it is no longer wanted is to do harm. Stupid religious convictions should never interfere with a patient's wishes.

AA S (136)
Thursday May 20, 2010, 6:18 pm
Thank you for sharing your story, Tom.

My Grandad had lung cancer. He was in agony with it and the hospital allowed him to go home but couldn't give him any more painkillers. He couldn't take the pain anymore, went down into the garden shed, took a shotgun and blew his brains out. My Dad was the first on the scene, he was 22 years old and due to get married the next week. I didn't know any of this until I was 18, when a news story prompted him to tell me why he was in favour of euthanasia. He was 49 at this point and I held him as he cried, remembering it. No-one should have to go through something like that. I think everyone would at least want a chance to say goodbye.

Thursday May 20, 2010, 6:36 pm
I know that many doctors will keep a patient (who is at the end) drugged heavily so they're not OBVIOUSLY suffering...but even in a very drugged state, a person can feel pain and be feeling tortured and wish for the sweet release of death. An 'accidental overdose' would be a blessing.

I really respect Dr Kevorkian for his work...until they stuck him in jail.
Permitting suffering is inhumane.

Thursday May 20, 2010, 6:42 pm
We were just told to get a Mental Health Directive for my mother in law (age 91 and losing some mental capacity) We have not yet looked into it.
I'm wondering if that empowers whoever has the power of attorney, to prevent the doctors from keeping someone alive if they are not fully functional mentally and had the directive of a living will stating they did not want to be kept alive by artificial means.
I guess we must look into it soon.

MmAway M (519)
Thursday May 20, 2010, 8:24 pm
I TOO Marilyn D have a living WILL...

Don't want to be stuck someplace in a COMA...Did it right after my Dad passed away when I had to have some surgery and all of my friends went NUTS...told them it is right, who would want to lie in a bed and just drain out $$$$...

Sorry in a rush and didn't read all of the comments fully, but totally think a Living Will is the Way to go unless you want your family to have a TON of heartache!

Just my humble opinion!

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday May 20, 2010, 9:29 pm
Noted, thanks.

Jann Jones (0)
Friday May 21, 2010, 12:57 am
My dad died after a short bout, thank goddess, with cancer, and his living will said no unneccessary heroic measures, as life wasn't possible. I want the same, and am glad we have assisted suicide here. Should my life be continued by mchines, or I won't be viable, pull the plug. Machines are not supporting life, in that situation, they're prolonging the inevitable, and causing the grief to be extended.

Marianna M. (6)
Friday May 21, 2010, 8:36 am

pam w (139)
Friday May 21, 2010, 9:09 pm
My dearly beloved aunt MaryElizabeth didn't have a living will when she had a severe medical problem. One of her other nieces was the only relative there, and because she had no idea what her aunt wanted, she gave the ok to perform "heroic measures." When my aunt recovered, she was unhappy that her niece had made that decision. I helped her get a living will...we downloaded one off the internet. The next time she had a relapse, they put her into hospice and she died shortly afterward.

Marilyn....get that document NOW!

Desarae Smejkal (4)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 8:51 am
Man this is so sad! I know that the good Lord works in mysterious ways and for the doctors to rush people in making that call is not right. Doctors are smart in some ways but in other ways they are there just for the salary, and yes they do make mistakes.They are only human too. Prescribing uneccessary medication in most cases that are not even needed. Just like there are false prophets there are people out there that are for their own motives.
My grandmother had many trials in life affecting her health. I didn't ever think that she would be overdosed in Calcium that took her life. Before she was in the nursing home she did everything and so independant. Then the elders of the family took her to the nursing home...bad mistake! She had problems ever since until her last day. How could the nurse and doctors stand by and watch her pass away knowing what they have done?
It's difficult to put trust in anyone that is making money off of your well-being. I wouldn't want to see anyone suffer nor would I want to be put on a machine to live. That is not living, but is it the doctors responsibility to decide on how much enough is enough? I always thought that they take an oath to uphold life to the fullest doing what they can to ensure the well-being of the patients. I feel that sometimes the medical personal treats patients as experimental rats and I know that we all expect more of the medical field.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 23, 2010, 1:29 am
Thank you!

Helen Snyder (13)
Sunday May 23, 2010, 4:27 pm
Much as I hate to admit it .. euthanasia for humans is a "slippery slope". When it comes to our beloved pets we are motivated by love .. unfortunately all one has to do is look around to see that many people are just waiting for someone to die so they will "get what they are entitled to" .. and they would seize upon any opportunity to help that become a reality. Humans are not notably medically ethical in many cases. However, we have a recourse for our own wishes .. the medical directive. I have mine in place .. and urge everyone, including young people, to have theirs drawn up .. there is no guarantee for tomorrow.

Dorota Janik (2)
Wednesday May 26, 2010, 5:36 am
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