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Hospices against euthanasia, MPs told

first_imgNewsHub 21 September 2016Hospices have told told Parliament’s health select committee that they oppose changing the law to allow voluntary euthanasia.The committee is listening to public opinion on voluntary euthanasia and will report its conclusions to Parliament in response to a petition asking for a law change.On Wednesday Andrew Leys, chief executive of Hospice Southland, said his team was extremely concerned about a possible law change.He told the committee hospice workers often faced questions about euthanasia from patients.“The vast majority move beyond the point of wanting euthanasia,” he said.“My team is concerned that voluntary euthanasia could lead to less support for people to help them cope with their circumstances.”Mary Potter Hospice director Brian Ensor said hospices would have to be kept entirely seperate from any assisted dying.“The last days of living should be made as comfortable as possible, and it may involve sedation,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/hospices-against-euthanasia-mps-told-2016092115last_img read more

Washougal mayors trial delayed

first_imgWashougal Mayor Sean Guard’s misdemeanor trial in Cowlitz County on a charge of impersonating a police officer has been postponed, a court official said.Judge Edward Putka scheduled a Nov. 3 motion hearing for Guard during a readiness hearing Thursday afternoon, said Molly Martin, an administrative assistant for Cowlitz County District Court. The new motion date means Guard’s Oct. 21 trial will be moved back to a later date. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear Thursday afternoon, Martin said, noting court was still in session.Guard entered a not guilty plea July 11 to a charge of second-degree criminal impersonation for allegedly using the emergency lights on his city-owned vehicle to get past slower traffic on Interstate 5 near Kelso on Dec. 24, 2010.Vancouver-based attorney Jeffrey Barrar represents Guard, according to court records.last_img read more