“Before access to assisted dying is opened, we will have increased palliative care” | EUROtoday

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The Minister of Labor, Health and Solidarity, Catherine Vautrin, during an interview at the ministry in Paris, April 4, 2024.

Presented because the societal reform of Emmanuel Macron's second five-year time period, the opening of a “assisted dying” seems within the invoice on finish of life which will likely be offered on Wednesday April 10 to the Council of Ministers. In return for the chance for a affected person to resort to a deadly process, strictly supervised by medical recommendation, the federal government claims to wish to assure entry to palliative care.

The Head of State promised a ten-year growth plan for this sector, a number of measures of which seem within the legislation. Catherine Vautrin, Minister of Labor, Health and Solidarity, reveals to World the content material of this plan and its financing. She explains that she needs to offer “a strong impulse right away” on the creation of beds in hospitals and on residence care.

The credibility of the federal government's dedication that any individual requesting “assisted dying” can really be supplied palliative care. The govt hopes, with the announcement of this plan, thwart opposition to the invoice, the examination of which can start on May 27 within the National Assembly.

What is the final philosophy of the palliative care growth plan that you’ve?

Its philosophy is to make sure entry for all, together with kids, to palliative care which goals to alleviate ache and bodily discomfort and to appease psychological struggling. France is a good nation when it comes to public well being, however we’re as we speak within the low common of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) international locations for palliative care. Only 30% of minors and 50% of adults who want it have entry to it. So it’s about enhancing assets and group for all stakeholders, all sufferers, throughout the whole territory. For this, we relied on the report of Professor Franck Chauvin, nearly all of whose proposals are included within the plan.

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This plan seems, partly, within the end-of-life invoice desired by the President of the Republic, a balanced textual content which relies on two pillars. On the one hand, in reference to the ten-year technique, the broadening of the idea of palliative care to that of supportive care, that’s to say a extra international and earlier method, and provisions on the rights of sufferers, particularly the suitable to go to nursing houses and hospitals. On the opposite, help in dying. The Council of State has simply issued its opinion which intends to element sure factors of the assisted dying process. We will study it earlier than presenting the invoice to the subsequent council of ministers.

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