Poll results: majority of doctors backing us!
About 60 per cent of doctors support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and fewer than 30 per cent oppose it, according to a survey by market research company Ekas emailed to a database of 4000 NSW doctors it deemed ‘opinion leaders’ and returned by about 500. A smaller sample of about 100 nurses had support running at 80 per cent in favour of the law reform and opposition at fewer than 10 per cent.” – click to read SMH on-line article or open the pdf Euthanasia survey hints at support from doctors, nurses and division SMH 250617
The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association general secretary, Brett Holmes, is reported to have said: “The vast majority of nurses support change that enables medically assisted dying. Nurses know patients often choose more drastic means [to medically ending their life] in fear they cannot choose later.”
Annie Gabrielides has responded to the poll results: “I am thrilled to report back the results of our poll — 60% of NSW doctors and 80% of nurses said they back the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. The majority of them have worked in palliative care, directly with palliative patients. The Sun Herald have even published a story about these results today!” click for full update
Annie goes further to ask for our help to take this further, and convince politicians to listen. She asks that we print out the following ‘poster’, take it to our local doctor and see if they’d be willing to support our campaign by signing the page and putting it up in their office – Doctor’s poster displaying support for VAD by Annie G