65.Multiple submissonsExample 4
The Society for the Protection of the Unborn
Child has asked for a Response to the Governments proposed draft
mental Incapacity Bill.
The basic facts against as I see it, are:
(1) Feeding by Tube has been re-defined as
Medical Treatment, but this basic humane action is not a medical
decision. Denying food can be terminating life even if the illness
is not terminal.
(2) Advance decision taking is not seen as
only for the terminally ill but for just on the grounds of mental
incapacity. Advance refusal of treatment is incompatible with
the Human Rights Act.
(3) Power of Attorney makes the decision
of Euthanasia by neglect legally binding although this would be
a subjective and not a medical decision.
(4) ln Living Wills, legislation should exclude
termination of life.
(5) Doctors or Care staff should not be fined
or punished for attempting to give food. or drink to their charges.
This degrades the moral character of both the doctor and the patient.
It would pervert the purpose of medicine which is to save life.
(6) Any law which legalises euthanasia by
neglect would send a signal to society that the lives of the mentally
incapacitated are not worth living. Is the Ethos and Ethics of
our society, the survival of the fittest?
To take life is a perversion of medicine. First
do no harm.
I would like these considerations to be considered
and the bill to be amended bearing these in mind.