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‘Death doctor’ reveals what it’s really like in Australian suicide clinics

‘Death doctor’ reveals what it’s like in Australian suicide clinics where he has seen 13 people take their own lives – and how they never shrink back before taking a killing dose

  • Cameron McLaren has seen 13 people die under voluntarily assisted dying laws
  • There were 52 deaths under the Victoria legislation between June and December
  • Dr. McLaren said that patients are so sure of their decision that they will not shrink

Oncologist Cameron McLaren witnessed 13 people who ended their lives under the voluntary dying laws of Victoria. Patients never say they shrink from taking their last drink

Oncologist Cameron McLaren witnessed 13 people who ended their lives under the voluntary dying laws of Victoria. Patients never say they shrink from taking their last drink

A doctor who has witnessed 13 people who end their lives according to the voluntary help of Victoria dying, says that patients never shy away from taking their last drink.

The state’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board confirmed that 52 people were killed under the scheme between June and December last year, in a report released Wednesday.

Nine of them died with medication administered by a doctor, while 43 administered medication themselves. Medication has been issued for 66 people.

Oncologist Cameron McLaren said that all patients he observed were so confident in their decision that they were not shocked by the cocktail of medicines.

“The atmosphere has been very peaceful. It was a real moment of closure for the families to say goodbye, “he said The Weekend Australian.

The State's Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board confirmed that 52 people were killed under the scheme between June and December last year in a report released Wednesday (stock image)

The State's Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board confirmed that 52 people were killed under the scheme between June and December last year in a report released Wednesday (stock image)

The State’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board confirmed that 52 people were killed under the scheme between June and December last year in a report released Wednesday (stock image)

‘I am still surprised by how I have never seen anyone shirk about picking up or taking the drink. They are so dedicated to it. “

Dr. McLaren has administered fatal drugs three times by intravenous injection.

He was also in the room 10 more times when a person drank a dose of Pentobarbital to end their life.

Dr. McLaren, who has always been in favor of choosing a person to die voluntarily assisted, said he doesn’t like seeing people suffer.

“I grew up with animals and we always did the humane for them, but we didn’t do it for humans,” he explained.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says there is a “strong demand” for access to the program, even with his strict eligibility criteria.

Voluntarily assisted dying chairman of the board and former Supreme Court Betty King said that some family members of those who chose to die did not agree with their decision, but still supported them.

Despite the trauma of seeing their loved one die, they had largely positive reflections on the experience.

Nine of them died with medication administered by a doctor, while 43 administered medication themselves. Medication has been issued for 66 people (stock image)

Nine of them died with medication administered by a doctor, while 43 administered medication themselves. Medication has been issued for 66 people (stock image)

Nine of them died with medication administered by a doctor, while 43 administered medication themselves. Medication has been issued for 66 people (stock image)

“The feedback was mainly about how peaceful it was,” King told reporters.

Mrs. King said she had seen no evidence of children or others putting pressure on their loved one to gain access to the scheme, an issue that concerned some parliamentarians when legislation was discussed in 2017.

“I have not seen it – and I have looked, believe me, I have not seen any indication of any form of coercion,” Mrs. King said.

How euthanasia was legalized in Australia:

Voluntary euthanasia became legal in Australia for the first time in more than two decades.

Terminally ill Victorians who meet 68 criteria can ask their doctor for access to a deadly brew.

An independent evaluation committee and the coroner keep track of and monitor all deaths under the scheme.

In December 2019, Western Australia voted to legalize voluntary death.

The scheme is expected to be implemented within 18 months.

But the report from the board states that they are concerned about the impact of a 2005 federal law that makes it a crime, which can be punished with a fine, for people to incite someone to commit suicide through a coach service.

The law prevents doctors from consulting with people looking for voluntary death through standard telehealth channels, the council report said.

Terminally ill adults need two medical professionals to sign up for their application, and the Victorian government can help doctors or applicants pay for face-to-face meetings.

But Ms. Mikakos says that the federal government should take into account the unintended consequences that their legislation could have, especially now that WA has adopted its own assisted dying laws.

“It is now time for them to reconsider their legislation, and we certainly hope that they will take this issue very seriously,” she said.

A total of 136 people started assessing the scheme, but not everyone could continue. 19 license applications were withdrawn, in some cases because people had died in a different way or because of an administrative error.

A total of 70 people were approved for dying by self-medication, while 11 were approved to have the medication administered by a doctor.

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