We share this News from South Africa (SA) in full and wondered what would happen if it were here – would the health professionals react like their colleagues in SA? : READ ON

SCA hearing on the ’right to die’ starts


The Supreme Court of Appeal is hearing arguments in the government and Health Professions Council of SAappeal against a High Court ruling granting a terminally ill patient the right to die. The HPCSA fears that euthanasia can be abused in SA, because of the power imbalance in doctor-patient relationships.

Assisted dying, also known as euthanasia, is illegal in South Africa. But in a ground-breaking ruling in 2015, South Africa’s High Court granted a terminally ill man, Robin Stransham-Ford, the right to die with dignity. Stransham-Ford died just hours before the High Court ruling was delivered. [… Note from HIFA mopderator: Article is protected by copyright. Read in full here:

http://www.medicalbrief.co.za/archives/sca-hearing-right-die-starts/ ]

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