Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Observations Life and Death

What’s wrong with assisted dying

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3755

Rapid Response:

Re: What’s wrong with assisted dying

I agree the reference to Mengels is a little over the top and tends to sidetrack the main point of the article. I agree there are too many opportunities for coercion, subtle or overert in legislation for assisted dying. I would like to see more discussion and support for cessation of medical interventions such as PEGs and long term antibiotic treatment for pneumonia in the presence of a terminal condition. If I am in the situation of wishing to end my life I will plan ahead with detailed advance directives regarding treatment limits or make the decision to end my life while I have the personal ability to do so. I follow buddist beliefs so fully understand a decision to end my life for whatever reason will carry a karmic debt into my next incarnation.

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 June 2012
cathy p sexton
registered nurse
glen innes community health
hunter new england local health district