AUSTRALIAN NURSE TO LOSE NURSING LICENSE FOR ENDING LIFE OF ELDERLY PATIENT

An Australian nurse who referred to herself as the “angel of death” has lost her nursing license but will unlikely face criminal charges. The Queensland Civil And Administrative Tribunal of the nursing and midwifery board of Australia, decided to: disqualify her from applying for registration as a health practitioner for a period of two years from the date of this decision, and prohibit, under the National Law s 196(4), from providing any health service for a period of two years from the date of this decision. An article by Lydia Lynch published in the Brisbane Times stated: Maura Kathryn Bannister, 60, administered an un-prescribed dose of morphine to an elderly and frail family friend who was receiving palliative care at home after a fall.

Knowing the woman had already taken one dose or morphine that morning, Ms Bannister then gave another dose “greater than that prescribed, without any direction from the general practitioner to do so”. “Thereafter she did not render or arrange medical assistance for the lady, who passed away later that morning,” the findings read. Lynch reports that Bannister referred to herself as the “angel of death” and stated that she was proud of what she had done. In 2017 The New England Journal of Medicine published a Netherlands study titled: End-of-Life Decisions in the Netherlands over 25 years. The study indicated that in 2015 there were 7254 assisted deaths (6672 euthanasia deaths, 150 assisted suicide deaths, 431 terminations of life without request) in the Netherlands. The Netherlands law did not prevent 431 terminations of life without request.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition said “The euthanasia lobby will argue that legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide will regulate and prevent these types of deaths, but in fact it normalizes it as an acceptable medical practice and makes it impossible to prevent or even censure someone who carries out similar acts.

Source:  FamilyVoice Australia

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