Media Release 18th October 2015
New Zealand has been ranked third in the world behind the United Kingdom and Australia in the 2015 Quality of Death Index, for the quality of its palliative care for the terminally ill. There is very little difference in the score of the top three. These three nations were in the same order in 2010. The Hospice movement, palliative care specialist nurses and doctors should be applauded by our community for promoting a culture of life through the quality of palliative care with pain control and death with dignity in New Zealand. We should also be grateful for the extensive funding provided by government for palliative care in New Zealand.
The Index was prepared by the Economist Intelligence Research Team. The Index lists 40 countries. The Index scores countries across four categories: Basic end of Life Health Environment; Availability of End of Life Care; Cost of end of Life Care; and Quality of End of Life Care.
Right to Life asks in the light of the world class palliative care with pain control available in New Zealand why are the ACT Party, the Green Party and the Labour Party planning to introduce legislation that would allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide?
In 2013 15,000 patients experienced a culture of life with compassion and professional palliative care in 37 Hospices in New Zealand. Here we have an affirmation of life that regards death as a normal process, with pain control and true death with dignity. It is imperative that we recognize that changing the law to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide would be to accept a culture of death. In Holland and in Belgium this deadly life threatening culture of death is masquerading as a culture of life, seeking to be accepted as an essential part of palliative care. Should this happen here the quality of palliative care would deteriorate as it has in Holland.
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