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The Ministry of Health has delivered its first quarterly report for its Assisted Dying Service.
The report covers from the 7th November 2021 to 31st March 2022.
Sixty-six patients were given a lethal injection or were assisted in their suicide by their doctor. This is a new core health service provided by the government with doctors receiving up to $3,000 for each patient terminated.
There were 205 people who had applied for this service, 59 people were still in the process of assessment. 81 people did not continue the process due to being ineligible, withdrawing or having died. The ethnicity of those who applied was, European/ Pakeha 162, Maori, 12, Pacific, nil and Asia, 5.
Nearly 50 patients had their lives terminated at home, more than 10 patients in retirement homes.
133 patients were suffering from Cancer and 164 patients were receiving palliative care.
There are 130 doctors on the Ministry’s list who are prepared to administer a lethal injection to their patients; this is in violation of the ethics of the World Medical Association that prohibits euthanasia. It also violates the fifth commandment of our Creator, “Thou shalt not kill,” we violate this commandment at our peril.
Do we want our medical profession to accept the killing of patients as a treatment option?
Spokesperson, Right to Life