Monday, December 6, 2010

Good Pain Management: Yes Euthanasia: No

Yes, yes, yes. We need better palliative care and pain management for pain and discomfort in people suffering at the end of their lives, NOT euthanasia.
We should not tolerate inadequate pain management for terminally ill
While Australia has not yet had its first case of a doctor and/or a hospital being sued for inadequate pain management, there have been several successful cases in the US and it can be only a matter of time before the first case appears in the Australian courts.
In fact, it could be sooner rather than later based on some recent examples I have observed with my colleagues, where inadequate pain management for terminally ill older people and a refusal to follow the instructions of their legally authorised decision makers have placed treating medical practitioners, nurses and hospitals at risk of a lawsuit. more

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