Interesting debate indeed. I note with interest the comment regarding nurses potential input as I am a student nurse myself. However, I cannot help but put myself in the patient's shoes first. My mother, who is 83 and still going strong, has said for the last 35 years that I can remember, that she never wants to be incapacitated (she uses her own words to describe what she wouldn't want) and that if she was we should give her a pill.
I doubt I would ever find the strength to do that but it serves to illustrate just how differently people think. I know how strongly my mother feels about her dignity. It's of paramount importance to her. It seemed to me that the gentleman in the Terry Pratchett documentary was cut from the same cloth as my mother in that respect.
Yes I agree we really must ensure stringent rules to avoid any mistakes and I agree with the earlier comment that one mistake would be one too many, but I can't help leaving my heart all out on a limb for those who truly, truly don't want to take life to the bitter end, just for the sake of it.
I know what I want to do with my body after my death and I have the right to that choice, it's in my will, why can't I have the right to decide what to do with it when the end is certain?
Hey Tracie, good for you. I'm a 49 year old student nurse, my son is behind me all the way and I'm LOVING IT!!! I thought that at my age I would feel like a fish out of water but I most certainly don't. I feel very much included, plus there's lots of us oldies on my course.
I can say I'm relishing every minute so it is a shame that Christine didn't know what she had at the time.
I don't know if all universities do it but I've just started my Nursing Degree course with Kingston University and we'll be doing First Aid next week, just 5 weeks into our course. It's part of the programme we have to pass in order to 'progress onto the next level'.
As it happens I've been a First Aider at work for a good number of years and I believe there's no accounting for experience so I too would recommend volunteering in this role.
It strikes me, from reading between the lines, that they are treading very carefully in order not to jeopardise the chances of criminal convictions for the worst perpetrators. These things take time (sadly) so let's just all keep our fingers crossed for the right result.