20 January 2020

VAD ‘gag clause’ an ethical tripwire for doctors

Aged Care Ethics Medicolegal

The clause in Victoria’s VAD legislation prohibiting doctors from raising the subject undermines professional and ethical standards, bioethicists say

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Max Kamien
Max Kamien
1 year 1 month ago
Medical opponents of VAD in WA supported this prohibition. I could see a few of them itching to report a doctor for allegedly initiating a discussion about VAD. Patients often test the water before making a request of their GP for some particular action. An essential skill of the competent doctor is to understand and clarify what they are wanting to say. It is indeed bizarre when the leaders of medical organisations that usually support the professional independence of their members, change their advocacy spots when it comes to VAD. The WA legislation had strong parliamentary support. The Victorian legislation… Read more »