Friday, September 5, 2014

Dying with dignity –it's complex

I am terribly disconcerted with the government interference with marijuana laws. Many of my clients would benefit from this drug. There are physicians who are afraid of this drug.

On the other hand, the Dying With Dignity movement is lobbying to allow physician-assisted deaths.

Each case, each life is unique and precious. I have seen people who have taken joy from the love and the care loved ones are providing – that is both the caregiver and the care recipient.

We have been fighting physicians to provide individual, patient-centred care for many years. it all seems topsy-turvy to me, however, when we are faced with stories such as this one...

  1. Toronto hospital illegally imposed 'do-not-resuscitate' order ...

    news.nationalpost.com/.../toronto-hospital-illegally-imposed-do-not-resu...
    2 days ago - In a case that dramatizes the debate over who has ultimate power in such cases – doctors or patients’ families — Ms. Wawrzyniak said she had only just learned that the “full code” response to emergencies she had requested on her father’s behalf had been over-ruled by a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order, which meant CPR would not be attempted during cardiac arrest.

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