Posted by: Witch Doctor | June 8, 2013

Dying in dignity


Great. Just great!

Doctors are being nudged today!!!!

The Witch Doctor has asked me to open her mail while she is pussyfooting around The Parallel Universe.

This week’s British Medical Journal arrived this morning.

An enclosure fell out!

It is inconceivable that the editor of the BMJ has no knowledge of what leaflets accompany the BMJ each week. Especially when the enclosure touches on something as controversial as euthanasia and assisted dying.

Make no mistake about it. This leaflet accompanying the BMJ is designed to nudge the medical profession.

On the front page of the leaflet there is a photograph of a woman called Geraldine McClelland.

She says:

“By the time you read this I will have been assisted to die in Switzerland”

Inside are photographs of Sir Terry Pratchett OBE, Sir Patrcick Stewart OBE, Debbie Purdie, Prue Leith CBE, Sir Terence English. Their photographs are accompanied by words endorsing the work of the pressure group “Dignity in Dying.”

It is very easy to nudge The Humankind. Almost all of them find Creep easier than thinking things through for themselves. Governments, for example, know this.

If each individual thought through all to pros and cons of the euthanasia arguments for themselves without being brainwashed nudged by groups of high profile, vocal, articulate and sometimes terminally ill individuals who gather themselves together, it is likely most would see the downsides of allowing doctors or patients’ relatives to become executioners.

Life is not simple and tidy.

Death is not simple and tidy either. It should not be sanitised. Euthanasia, assisted suicide or not, there is no such thing as “A Good Death.”

Get real.

However, in death there can be a degree of dignity. But it requires the continuity of good medical and nursing care tailored to each individual patient and to those close to them. There is no reason either why a death should not take place naturally but accompanied with effective symptomatic relief in the patient’s own home and in his/her own bed if that is appropriate. That is what pressure groups should be seeking.

The Humankind often lacks empathy and and sometimes lacks an ethic too and that, along with not being bothered to think things through for themselves, leads to Creep. A Creep that easily can become evil.

No doubt The Witch Doctor will have much to say when she returns from her trip to Neverland.

In the meantime, by allowing this enclosure with the BMJ, it suggests to a simple Black Cat that the editor, Fiona Godlee, is in favour of promoting euthanasia / assisted suicide and is willing to play her part in winning round the medical profession to her way of thinking.

If so, she would do well to remember that both euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in the UK.

If not, she should say so, and stop allowing this pressure group access to the medical profession through the BMJ.

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