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Medical Ethics

Give terminally ill the right to die with dignity

In addition to the 'continue to resuscitate' or 'do not resuscitate' options mentioned in 'Live-or-die document proposed for chronic patients' (August 17), the terminally ill should also be given a third choice - 'physician-assisted dying'.

Monday, 21 August, 2006, 12:00am

To live or die?

The Law Commission proposes giving people a live-or-die form to sign, when they are still healthy. Some people insist legislation is needed. Others say the idea is just euthanasia under another name. What do you think? Write to us

18 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Live-or-die documents proposed for chronic patients

The signed forms would help to reinforce a common-law principle

Terminally ill patients and those in a persistent vegetative state should be able to state in advance on a form whether they wish to live or die, the Law Reform Commission proposed yesterday.

They could be 'reasonably assured' that their decisions would be carried out, the commission said.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Improved vision of the right to live or die

Any of us could face the possibility at some time of standing at the bedside of a loved one who is in a comatose or vegetative state, without any hope of recovery and dependent on artificial life support. That such patients are no longer able to convey their wishes as to the health care they want, including any treatment to prolong life, can place a heavy burden on relatives.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Right-to-die proposal is morally wrong, say patients' groups

Patients' groups have slammed as 'morally wrong' a suggestion by the Law Reform Commission that people should be encouraged to draw up directives that they be allowed to die if they become terminally ill, comatose or fall into a vegetative state.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Doctors attack 'inhumane' insurers

Ethics fear over contracts limiting patient visits and referrals

The Medical Council of Hong Kong and doctors' unions have accused health insurance firms of imposing 'inhumane' contract conditions on doctors that are against medical ethics and patients' interests.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Euthanasia has support among paralysed people

Disabled need much more support, survey concludes

The government and community was criticised yesterday for a lack of support for paralysed patients after a survey found more than half of such patients would consider euthanasia.

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

New HK research questions euthanasia theories

Amid a spate of murder-suicide pacts in the city, groundbreaking research will be released next week arguing that such incidents go beyond euthanasia and have to be approached differently.

22 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Doctors to vote over advertising

Referendum will bring years-long debate to an end

The Medical Council is to conduct a referendum on the controversial proposal of allowing doctors to advertise their services.

During the council's general meeting early this month, members agreed that a profession-wide survey of Hong Kong's 10,000 doctors should be conducted to conclude the years-long debate.

14 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Doctor's lobby prepares fresh dispensing rules

Fresh guidelines for the safe dispensing of medicine by doctors are to be presented on Friday to a new task force of the Hong Kong Medical Council.

7 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Medical taskforce to probe drug dispensing

The Medical Council has created a taskforce comprising prominent doctors and health officials to review the dispensing of medicine at private doctors' clinics.

5 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Let your will be done

Tips on writing a living will:

Write your personal details and declare that you are of sound mind, making the directives of your own free will;

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Schiavo starved to death - this was not euthanasia

I am sorry to hear of the death of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman ('Schiavo's last minutes dogged by family feud,' April 1). I do not know whether she felt pain with the removal of the feeding tube, but I am sure that her death was inhumane.

2 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Family should be involved

Having a powerful legal document specifying the patent's wishes does not mean a doctor can ignore family members, an ethics concern group said.

2 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Who decides on life?

Should people have the right to draw up living wills, saying whether they want to be kept on a life support or die naturally if they become terminally ill or lapse into an irreversible coma? Share your views: write to us.

15 Jul 2004 - 12:00am