On Friday 3 August 2018, College President Dr Tim Malloy addressed the Justice Select Committee in relation to the College’s submission on the End of Life Choice Bill.
The College did not take a position on the ethics of physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia, as we the Board felt this was a matter for individual members to decide. Our submission highlights issues created by the Bill and includes 17 recommendations in response to these.
Our oral submission focused on three issues in particular – difficulties making accurate prognoses, risk of coercion and the ability for GPs to opt out. The discussion also touched on New Zealand’s limited palliative care services, the age of consent and how to protect patients with dementia.
The number of submissions received and the College’s process for collecting feedback was also discussed. To reassure it of the College’s mandate to provide a GP voice, a report on our member engagement on this Bill has been prepared for the committee.
The morning’s presentations were broadcast using Facebook Live streaming, which you can see here [see 53 minutes in].