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April 26, 2005

"I Came into Nursing To Save Life, Not To End It"

Topics: Legislative Action Items

From the pages of Life Matters! . . .

Nursing leaders in Great Britain have refused to support any change in the law that would legalize euthanasia, despite calls by a number of nurses, Nigel Hawkes reports in today's issue of The Times.

During an impassioned debate at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) annual congress in Harrogate, at least half of those who spoke called for a change in RCN policy....

The college recently had sought the views of its members to respond to the House of Lords select committee on Lord Joffe's assisted dying Bill, and 70 per cent had indicated their opposition to a softer line.

The Times Health Editor writes that Maura Buchanan, RNC Vice-President, has indicated that college would not change its stance.

"It's easy to parade views on why the law should be changed, but the law is there to protect vulnerable people. I came into nursing to save life, not to end it," Buchanan declared, concluding, the whole relationship between patients and nurses is at issue.

Posted by earl at April 26, 2005 9:41 AM


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