by Dr Alida Lancee MBBS (UWA), FRACGP
“Almost two years ago, I decided to stand up for those of us who have died, are dying and will die in a way none of us would find acceptable. Since then, sadly, hundreds of Western Australians have suffered a needlessly painful and distressing death. Their loved ones know exactly what I am talking about….This needless end-of-life suffering is avoidable through law reform. A law that allows a dying person to ask for medical assistance to die more quickly.”
Dr Alida Lancee, a GP practicing in Fremantle, who admitted giving a lethal injection to a terminally ill patient has been cleared by the Medical Board of wrongdoing. Dr Lancee said the Board had concluded that she provided appropriate care to a female patient and did not hasten her death.
Featured photo: Professor Brian Owler, Dr Alida Lancee and Andrew Denton (left to right)