Dr Catherine Byrne a Tauranga GP who has worked at Waipuna Hospice for 15 years, has written an article that was published in the New Zealand Herald 24 June 2017.
In the article Byrne says that “killing people is not the answer – good, well-funded, universally accessible palliative care is.“
She comments on a an article published by the Weekend edition of the Herald on June 10th 2017 by Matt Vickers the husband of Lecretia Seales who died last year , shortly before the Health Select Committee set up an inquiry to investigate the issue of assisted dying. Reads….
The article was headed by a big, beautiful and evocative photograph of the pair on their wedding day.
For reasons of privacy it is not possible to publish pictures of the many people who have been helped by the care and attention they have received at Waipuna Hospice, but as a doctor who has worked there for many years, I felt I could not let this article go past without pointing out that euthanasia is not the only answer to the serious concerns people have about the end of life, nor is it the most compassionate.