New Zealand government has ordered doctors to kill the Covid-19 patients assuming they can’t survive.
Patients admitted to clinic with COVID-19 can die by euthanasia assuming doctors concluded they probably won’t survive, the New Zealand government has proclaimed.
The Ministry of Health confirmed that a right to a lethal injection under another euthanasia law could extend to patients who were either passing on from the Covid or suffering unendurably from its outcomes.
Because of a request for clarity on a euthanasia law which came into power in November 2021, the government proclaimed that “in some circumstances a person with COVID-19 may be eligible for assisted dying”.
The admission that COVID patients were qualified for a lethal jab came after Henoch Kloosterboer, editor of the anti-euthanasia, The Defender website, made a request under the Official Information Act – the New Zealand identical to the 2000 Freedom of Information Act.
He said the policy left “the door wide open for abuse” of elderly and vulnerable patients, especially if the country’s health service came under pressure from a COVID surge.
He said: “It would not be hard to envisage a situation in which a speedy and sizeable rise in COVID-19 hospitalisations could result in pressure to utilise euthanasia and assisted suicide as tools to resolve such a serious crisis.”
The euthanasia law, he added, “has now made the COVID-19 pandemic potentially even more dangerous for the people of New Zealand”.
The 2019 End of Life Choice Act is viewed as quite possibly the most outrageous euthanasia law any place on the planet, and critics say the protections are extremely shaky that they are effortlessly bypassed.
It licenses both euthanasia and assisted suicide for adults suffering from an illness which would be terminal within six months, or who were in a high level condition of irreversible actual decay or who were suffering horrendously.
The law, endorsed after a referendum in 2020, ensures all occupants the right of admittance to a specialist who will kill them inside a period as short as four days from getting a request.
Doctors get a government charge of $1,000 in addition to costs for each euthanasia death they perform.
Only 96 of the country’s 16,000 doctors have offered to take part, in any case, and everything except one of the country’s 32 hospices have shown that they won’t allow euthanasia.
The one special case – Totara Hospice in South Auckland – has consented to designate space on its premises for the practice while its staff will faithfully protest any participation.
In the UK, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, a professor of palliative medicine, said the New Zealand euthanasia law goes against the fundamental purpose of medicine and health services to heal the sick.
She said: “It is bizarre that a country which has been trying to protect it citizens by closing down completely from a virus from which people can fully recover is now suggesting that these patients should be killed by their doctors.
“It turns the ethos of medicine on its head,” she said.
“You really cannot predict death 100 per cent,” she added. “So why not support them while they are dying and leave the door open in case they are in the group that defies all odds and recovers completely?”
As of now, Baroness Meacher is looking to legitimize assisted suicide in England and Wales through her Assisted Dying Bill, which in October accepted its Second Reading in the House of Lords.
The crossbench peer, who chairs the campaign group Dignity in Dying, has likewise postponed an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill trying to make assisted suicide a piece of palliative care.
In Scotland, Liam MacArthur, the Liberal Democrat MP is intending to present an assisted suicide Bill and in politicians in Jersey last month concurred on a fundamental level to legitimized both assisted suicide and euthanasia.