Assisted suicide, meeting with a doctor from L’Aigle who advocates strict supervision

The end of life and the right to die with dignity is an ongoing debate in France ©© megaflop/AdobeStock

In France, celebrity Lina Reno is fighting for the adoption of the law, who claims that she managed to convince the president. The government announced that a contract of citizens will be launched in October with the aim of changing the legislation earlier 2023 year. In L’Aigle (Orne), meeting with Dr. Xavier Makwala discuss the topic

In a published message Tuesday, September 13, National Ethics Advisory Committee (CCNE) paves the way for the legalization of assisted suicide under certain conditions: strengthening palliative care, making access to deep sedation easier, and opening the debate over highly regulated assisted dying. On the same day this review was published, it was announced that director JJean-Luc Godard resorted to assisted suicide at the age of 91.

What is holding France back?

According to Dr. Xavier Makwala, “many of our patients who do not want to live with chronic, disabling conditions are forced to seek help to comfort or end their lives.” However, he admits that more of them are looking for “comfort without rest” rather than “ceasing existence”.

Already authorized in various countries such as Switzerland or Italy, which restrains France allow assisted suicide?

I think this is the story of France itself. Although the country is secular, it has quite a noticeable religious imprint in its cultural diversity, whether on the political side of the conservative right or on the part of the immigrant population.

Dr. Xavier Makwala

So this is more than a political or medical topic assisted suicide is first of all a “subject of society”.

As the debate has been renewed, doctors are getting down to business resist against the practice, arguing that it goes against what they are in the business of doing, which is to save lives. For Dr. Makwal, there is a debate complex.

I took an oath, and my Hippocratic Oath tells me that I can make my patients comfortable, but at the same time requires me to avoid excesses.

Dr. Xavier Makwala

For these “sediments” in limitation “pretty thin,” says the doctor.

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“You have to know how to set boundaries”

One thing is certain, the decision to use assisted suicide “doesn’t have to be one person’s decision.” If the law allowing assisted suicide were passed, Dr recommended “that the board of guardians may meet and decide before taking action.”

Euthanasia and assisted suicide, what is the difference?

We often hear about euthanasia or assisted suicide, but do you know the difference between the two? Contrary to what one might think, there is a large practice of euthanasia, which is already allowed in various countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg. The CCNE defines euthanasia as “the act of intentionally ending the life of a person suffering from a serious and incurable illness, at their request, in order to end a situation they consider intolerable.” In this case, doctors administer a fatal injection to the patient. For assistance in suicide, the procedure is different. The doctor provides the product, and it is the patient who is responsible for the injection that ends his life, hence the concept of suicide.

The college will release the doctor from his decision, “but also so that the patient and his family understand the process started.”

This college may consist of a psychologist, physician, family member, or patient, and the decision must be supported by the hierarchy.

Dr. Xavier Makwala

College would serve avoid any driftand reviewed the decision as to whether the patient had an “incurable disease or terminal cancer”. Entrance therefore, assisted suicide as a preventive approach, that is, used this method at a certain age to avoid aging and becoming dependent. For Xavier Makwala, “it would be a drift, you have to know how to set limits.”

But when to make this decision?

It can be taken in advance, but it deserves to be updated as much as possible when the patient can confirm his first decision.

Dr. Xavier Makwala

It practice should be carried out “in clearly defined specialized structures, if the patient is not already hospitalized.” Above all, Dr Makwala wants “a structure and teams trained to do this”.

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