WA’s voluntary assisted dying scheme is due to begin on July 1, and intensive care specialist Dr Peter Saul says it will make a “world of difference” to those who can use it.
But he’s told Nadia Mitsopoulos on Mornings that it’s imperative to extend that same choice and dignity to vast majority who can’t or won’t be able to access the scheme.
“The exclusions are very extensive, but I don’t have a problem with that,” he says. “What I have a problem with is thinking we’ve fixed the problem when we bring in that legislation, because most people will never access it.”
Listen as Dr Saul – visiting Perth from New South Wales at the invitation of Palliative Care WA for National Palliative Care Week – discusses end of life care with Nadia.