I was admitted urgently into IPU with little opportunity to ask about MH’s position on AD. I inform MH that I wish to have AD when I am ready and wasn’t aware that MH held a conscientious objection. What will happen?

MH maintains a conscientious objection to the EOLC Act and cannot be involved with any assisted dying services. Under the Act MH is obliged to inform the patient of their rights to contact the SCENZ group for the further information.

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I completed an Advance Care Plan (ACP) 5 years ago stating that I want assisted dying if I had a terminal illness. If over time I become more confused and I am unable to talk for myself will my ACP be followed?

No. An ACP is irrelevant as the request for AD services must come from a person who is competent to make an informed decision and able to sign/date the AD forms.

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I am concerned that the doctor will talk about assisted dying or start the process without my knowledge or approval. Could that happen?

The act states that the option of receiving assisted dying can ONLY be started by the person themselves and Healthcare professionals must not initiate any discussion about assisted dying. Also MH holds a conscientious objection to the Act so will not be involved in assisted dying.

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If I request assisted dying, will MH still be able to provide ongoing palliative care in the interim?

Yes. MH will continue to provide palliative care even if the patient avails themselves of assisted dying. Bereavement support will be available, as usual MH practice, to whānau of all MH patients.

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What if I enquired about assisted dying and my whānau are unaware of my wish?

The Act does not require the patient to inform their whānau about their request for Assisted Dying.   Your health information will be treated with the same high level of confidentiality required for all health records.  As MH is a contentious objector, we will direct patients to the SCENZ Group on the Ministry of Health website, for them to access independently.  

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Will Mercy Hospice (MH) provide assisted dying services?

MH holds a conscientious objection (CO) to the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (EOLC Act) and cannot be actively involved with any assisted dying services. MH will however continue to provide high quality palliative care and support to our patients and their whānau regardless of a patient’s wish for assisted dying.

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What is your stance on the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (EOLC Act)?

Our Position The End of Life Choice Act 2019  (EOLC Act) Nga Whaea Atawhai Sisters of Mercy have provided care to New Zealanders since 1850. Thanks to their desire to achieve excellence in all they do, the name Mercy is now synonymous with care for vulnerable, sick and disadvantaged people. Today, Te Korowai Atawhai Mercy

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