Premier rejects bid to let doctors initiate VAD discussions with terminally ill patients

Patients and their families have said the ban was 'muzzling' doctors.
Australian Associated Press
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Photo: Facebook.

The legal ban on doctors initiating discussions on voluntary assisted dying with their patients in Victoria seems certain to remain, despite fresh complaints that it forces doctors to be “borderline negligent”.

More than 600 Victorians have ended their lives through the voluntary assisted dying (VAD) scheme since its 2019 introduction, with a scheduled four-year review of the legislation kicking off this month.