PM’s Euthanasia claim sparks anger

first_imgDominion Post 24 Aug 2012Angry doctors are appalled at Prime Minister John Key’s claims that euthanasia already happens in hospitals.“We never practise euthanasia; euthanasia is the deliberate ending of life, and is illegal and unethical,” Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine chairwoman Sinead Donnelly said.Mr Key’s comments could seriously damage the trust people had in hospital care of the seriously ill, the Wellington doctor said.Mr Key signalled his broad support for euthanasia – medical assistance to die – during a stint on Newstalk ZB this week.“If I had terminal cancer, I had a few weeks to live, I was in tremendous amount of pain – if they just effectively wanted to turn off the switch and legalise that by legalising euthanasia, I’d want that.”Hospice New Zealand clinical adviser Sandy Macleod said “euthanasia does not occur in our hospitals, full stop”.Dr Macleod, a palliative care specialist at Christchurch Hospital, said Mr Key’s comments were misguided and incorrect.“As sickness progresses towards death, the focus of care is on minimising suffering. To minimise suffering, it is not necessary to kill the sufferer.“Often morphine is blamed for people dying, or sedation is blamed for people dying, but the reality is they die of their disease and neither of those medical treatments hastens their death.”Capital & Coast District Health Board head of palliative care Jonathan Adler said there was a lack of understanding about end-of-life choices.Switching off a life support machine and allowing someone to die of natural causes was not euthanasia, Dr Adler said. read more


Dodge City checkers fly again for Sproul

first_imgDakota Sproul scored his second straight and third IMCA Modified feature win this season at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 8) – Dakota Sproul made it two in a row in the IMCA Modified ranks Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park.  Sproul held off New Mexico’s Cory Davis after a late caution flag to post his third DCRP win of the sea­son.  After starting sixth, Sproul spent the early going working towards the front as Kevin Gray set the pace.  Sproul made it to second by the fourth lap and then slipped underneath Gray in turns one and two on the sixth round to take command. By Lonnie Wheatley center_img With Sproul setting sail, Davis made his way forward from the ninth position to take over second at the midway point. And when a caution flew with just six laps to go that nixed Sproul’s ad­vantage, Davis was there to mount a charge. Kaleb Roach notched his first Dodge City win of the year in IMCA SportMod action, Gregg Schell picked off his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win and Tathan Burkhart scored his second IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win of the year as well. Davis pulled alongside exiting turn four with three laps to go, but Sproul countered and slipped away to secure the victory. Davis settled for second with Odessa, Texas’ Philip Houston snaring the show position. last_img read more