My court win should give doctors confidence in prescribing Nembutal
FOR years, Australian doctors have been uncertain where they stand in relation to the law regarding providing advice and assistance to relieve the suffering of terminally ill patients or those with an advanced degenerative illness.
There was no statute law to guide them in their responsibility of ‘easing death’ as the father of modern medicine Sir William Osler advised more than 100 years ago - well before the modern era of highly invasive, life prolonging medicine.
During recent years patient autonomy has grown, giving them more power to refuse life-prolonging treatment.
However, they are still utterly