The CPDH supports the position of the Academy of Medicine on the end of life

The Evangelical Protestant Committee for Human Dignity welcomed the position of the National Academy of Medicine on the end of life which considers that it "is not in the mission of the doctor to give death".

In one communicated published on July 23, the Evangelical Protestant Committee for Human Dignity (CPDH) reviewed the position of the National Academy of Medicine (ANM) on the end of life. The ANM, which is not in favor of a new legislative mechanism on this subject, underlines that it is not "in the doctor's mission to kill, and that we cannot conceal the real suffering of caregivers to move from care to active assistance in dying ”.

A position that the CPDH largely agrees with.

“While the subject will come back with force in the programs of the presidential candidates, the CPDH supports the position of this Academy. "

Following two bills on "active assistance in dying" presented by parliamentarians, the National Academy of Medicine published on June 30 a press release entitled “Should we go beyond the current provisions? " in which it affirms that "the knowledge by the health professionals of the provisions adopted for the end of life, is insufficient".

She also underlines that "the same knowledge deficit is observed within the population which, according to the orientation of the questions asked, skews the polls on a subject as sensitive as the assisted suicide or the euthanasia".

The ANM recalls that in practice, "a great inequality persists in access to end-of-life palliative care" and "while committing to continue its work on this subject", it recommends rather than a review of current systems, "finally effective application of the existing system".

"A legislative device cannot be adopted when the current training and healthcare offer are still far from being fully implemented to meet the needs and concerns of our fellow citizens" underlines the Academy. It insists on the need for "in-depth training on the end of life to be put in place for all categories of health professionals" as well as "objective and detailed information to the public on the legislation in force to be actively pursued" in order to that every citizen can know their rights.

Finally, the organization asks that a “rigorous evaluation of the application of the provisions in place be carried out”, an evaluation work to which it says it is “ready to contribute”.

En last april, the bill giving "the right to a free and chosen end of life" carried by the deputy Olivier Falorni (Freedom and Territories group) could not be adopted by the National Assembly, due to lack of time. Its adoption was notably compromised by the tabling of more than 3 amendments.

If the examination of the bill could not be completed, article XNUMX, the most important of the text which created the right to active medical assistance in dying, was adopted. A vote which remains symbolic for the moment, but which underlines the deep disagreements which exist on this subject between the deputies.

Camille Westphal Perrier 

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