CMF NZ Releases Position Statement on Euthanasia

By March 24, 2014 Recent News

Christian Medical Fellowship of NZ 8 March 2014
CMF NZ has released its first position statement that tackles the important issues of Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide. This statement was developed by a working party that emerged from the 2013 national conference, and approved by the board after feedback was sought from the wider membership. Our position statement was initially written in response to the private members End of Life Choice Bill proposed by Labour MP Maryan Street in 2012. The Bill has since been withdrawn prior to the 2014 general election, but Ms Street has expressed her intent to re-submit the Bill to the Ballot after the election.
The initial part of our statement:
“We believe that every individual should have the right to die with dignity with the availability of compassionate medical and nursing care that takes account of physical, mental and spiritual needs, so that the end of life is as peaceful as possible for the individual and his or her family.  We also uphold the patient’s autonomy to refuse or discontinue treatment at any time.
There is increasing debate about end of life issues. We acknowledge that this arises from many factors including personal fear of being in a situation of intolerable suffering and the desire to stay in personal control of the process of dying.
As doctors we have a duty of care to our patients which is built on the trust and confidence of our relationship with our patients, a relationship which has often developed over many years. To this end we believe that high quality palliative care should be available and adequately resourced throughout the country. We strongly believe there is no place for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS).”
CMF NZ full statement, including basis of our position and arguments for it, can be found here or downloaded in a word document: