Letters

Letters and statements to parliaments and other bodies from Doctors Opposed to Euthanasia and other medical associations.

DOE testimony to the Senate on 'Dying with Dignity' Draft Bill Oct 2014

Testimony to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Australian Senate 15 Oct 2014 by Dr. Timothy Kleinig

Read more: DOE testimony to the Senate on 'Dying with Dignity' Draft Bill Oct 2014

DOE Letter to Tasmanian MPs Oct 2013

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 places the medical practitioner at the centre of actions that intend the death of the person either by direct action (euthanasia) or by providing the means (assisted suicide). We become ‘gatekeepers’ to an early and unnatural death. Much of the medical decision making process pivots on a subjective assessment as to whether or not the patient’s medical condition or degree of distress is ‘eligible’. We find this extremely objectionable.

Read more: DOE Letter to Tasmanian MPs Oct 2013

DOE: Letter to SA Parliament re Such Bill June 2013

Dear

We are writing to you regarding the Hon Bob Such’s ‘Ending Life with Dignity Bill’ 2013.

We note that the AMA has written to you twice opposing this Bill, and it will be no surprise to you that we also oppose it.

We whole-heartedly affirm the general concept of ‘Ending Life with Dignity’.  Many of our members are directly involved in end-of-life care, either as Palliative Care physicians or as doctors working in acute medical settings where patients frequently die (for instance, Acute Stroke Units).  To this end, we have been enthusiastic supporters of the principles underlying the recent ACD Bill and have contributed to discussions and amendments to ensure the legislation achieved its stated goals.  However, we do not agree that euthanasia should be allowed as a valid or licit means of achieving a dignified death.

Read more: DOE: Letter to SA Parliament re Such Bill June 2013

AMA: Voluntary Euthanasia Bill - Ending Life with Dignity 2013 (second letter)

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (SA) INC
First Floor, 80 Brougham Place, 
North Adelaide SA 5006

Dear Members of Parliament

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia Bill - Ending Life with Dignity 2013Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care (Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration) Amendment Bill 2013

We write to you again in regard to the voluntary euthanasia bill Ending Life with Dignity 2013 and Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care (Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration) Amendment Bill 2013 which have been introduced by the Hon Dr Bob Such MP.

Read more ...AMA: Voluntary Euthanasia Bill - Ending Life with Dignity 2013 (second letter)

AMA: Voluntary Euthanasia Bill - Ending Life with Dignity 2013

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (SA) INC
First Floor, 80 Brougham Place, North Adelaide SA 5006

Dear Members of Parliament 

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia Bill - Ending Life with Dignity 2013 & Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care (Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration) Amendment Bill 2013 

We write in regard to the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill Ending Life with Dignity 2013 and Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care (Withdrawal of Nutrition and Hydration) Amendment Bill 2013. Recent copies of both proposed Bills have been provided to the AMA(SA) by the Hon Dr Bob Such MP. 

The AMA(SA) strongly opposes both Bills, considering them to be fundamentally and irretrievably flawed. 

Read more ...AMA: Voluntary Euthanasia Bill - Ending Life with Dignity 2013

AMA: Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences – End of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2011

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (SA) INC
First Floor, 80 Brougham Place, North Adelaide SA 5006

Dear Politician

Re: Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences – End of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2011

The AMA(SA) remains concerned in regard to the latest amendments by Gardner to the Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences – End of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2011 (proposed by Hon Stephanie Key MP).

The amendments propose that prior to patients receiving ‘end of life’ treatment that may hasten death; they are to be reviewed by two independent specialists, one of whom needs to be a psychiatrist.  This is in order to increase the legal defence for a doctor should they face a criminal action.  

Read more ...AMA: Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences – End of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2011

DOE: Letter to SA Parliament re Medical Defences Bill Sept 2011

Dear ,

Further to our previous letters to you opposing the Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences – End of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2011, we wish to emphasise to you our wholehearted agreement with the contents of the letter recently sent to you under the auspices of the Australian Medical Association (SA Branch) and the Law Society of South Australia.

We note, in particular, the AMA (SA) President’s reference to the Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995 and the provisions therein that protect medical practitioners from criminal liability when they are ‘responsible for the treatment or care of a patient (in terminal phase of a terminal illness)’.

Read more ...DOE: Letter to SA Parliament re Medical Defences Bill Sept 2011

AMA & Law Society: Doctors and Lawyers Oppose Keys ‘End of Life’ Bill

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (SA) INC
First Floor, 80 Brougham Place, North Adelaide SA 5006

Doctors and Lawyers Oppose Keys ‘End of Life’ Bill

Dr Peter Sharley, President of the AMA(SA) and Mr Ralph Bonig, President of the Law Society of South Australia have jointly stated opposition to the proposed amendments to the Criminal Consolidation Act which will make it easier for doctors to provide treatment which shortens a persons’ life.

The AMA(SA) supports appropriate palliative care treatment to prevent the pain and suffering of patients - even if this treatment may hasten death in an unintended way. 

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DOE: Letter to SA Parliament re Medical Defences Bill

Dear,

We the undersigned medical professionals wish to make known our strong opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide becoming available by law in South Australia.

We regard the most recent bill, the Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences – End of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2011, as particularly dangerous because, if passed, it would place vulnerable patients at even more risk than from previous bills.

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DOE: Letter to SA Parliament re Medical Defences Bill Oct 2011

Dear ,

We have written to you on a number of occasions regarding the Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences—End of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2011 voicing our opposition to the passage of this bill given that it contains provisions for protection in law for acts of euthanasia and/or assisted suicide.

Read more ...DOE: Letter to SA Parliament re Medical Defences Bill Oct 2011