Six months to live: The prognosis problem facing VAD laws

Sydney oncologists are calling for legal changes so doctors involved are protected
Dr Belinda Kiely
Dr Belinda Kiely.

It is a truth never universally acknowledged in TV medical dramas that declarations on how long a terminally ill patient has left are something most doctors shy away from, given the real-world uncertainties.

But the need for a definitive prognosis is not just an issue for the script writers in need of a plot device.