Streaming issues? Report here
702 logo Gradients 702 logo Gradients
Best of 702
00:00 - 04:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
See full line-up
Best of 702
00:00 - 04:00
Home
arrow_forward
Lifestyle

Draft bill to give final word on living wills (Dignity SA says it's about time)

7 August 2018 1:50 PM
Tags:
Cope
Parliament
Dignity SA
Living Wills
Draft Bill
Willem Landman

Dignity SA’s Willem Landman says legal certainty is needed in order to prevent a patient’s wishes from being ignored or refused.

Lobby group Dignity South Africa says it welcomes the draft bill which is expected to clarify the legal status of living wills.

Living wills, also known as advanced directives, are legal documents that allow individuals to state their decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time.

The draft bill is set to be introduced by Cope chief whip Deidre Carter and will be ready for public comment by the end of this week, according to EWN reports.

It will also spell out the legal status of durable power of attorney for healthcare, where a patient gives another person the power to make decisions on their behalf.

Dignity SA’s Willem Landman says legislation on end-of-life decision making is long overdue.

Back in 1999, the SA Law Commission made recommendations to draft legislation that addresses living wills, pain management that may hasten death, the refusal of life support and assisted suicide.

The draft legislation, however, does not deal with the question of active euthanasia or assisted dying.

Landman explains that legal certainty is needed in order to prevent a patient’s wishes from being ignored by family members or medical practitioners.

Advanced directives should guide doctors so that treatment is withheld or withdrawn in certain circumstances.

Professor Willem Landman, Dignity SA board member

People draft their own living wills but they do not know whether the medical profession will act upon them.

Professor Willem Landman, Dignity SA board member

There's a lot of uncertainty on the side of the medical profession.

Professor Willem Landman, Dignity SA board member

Doctors do not know if they put themselves at risk for criminal and civil liability if they act on living wills or proxy decisions-makers.

Professor Willem Landman, Dignity SA board member

He discusses existing legislation and case law that implicitly affirms living wills and proxy healthcare decision-makers.

Take a listen to him explain why legislation is long overdue:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Draft bill to give final word on living wills (Dignity SA says it's about time)


7 August 2018 1:50 PM
Tags:
Cope
Parliament
Dignity SA
Living Wills
Draft Bill
Willem Landman

More from Lifestyle

stress-black-man-papers-laptop-work-tax-fees-money-finance-woes-businessjpg123rf

Feel you've missed the money boat? Don't fall into the FOMO investment trap!

13 August 2020 8:43 PM

Bruce Whitfield and personal finance expert Warren Ingram get to grips with why perhaps you shouldn't, if you didn't...

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

landlord-gopng

Keen to buy a Cape Town landmark? Virtual ownership is yours with a new game

13 August 2020 7:57 PM

If you can't afford to buy a property, no matter. 'Landlord GO' allows you to become a tycoon in the Mother City, or elsewhere.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

joanne-josephjpg

702 bids farewell to Joanne Joseph

13 August 2020 5:25 PM

Station Manager Thabisile Mbete says Joanne has contributed to, and shaped, important social and political narratives in SA

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200810bob2gif

WATCH LIVE: Bob Mabena remembered at virtual memorial service

13 August 2020 3:19 PM

The broadcaster died earlier this week after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

microscope-385364-960-720jpg

[LISTEN] Highlighting the under-representation of women in science

13 August 2020 12:01 PM

UP associate professor of physics Mmantsae Moche Diale details the problem and shares more on her journey into physics.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

waiter jpg

'Some restaurants are holding on to waiters' tips to claw back their losses'

12 August 2020 7:53 PM

Yes, restaurants are struggling, but that doesn't make it ok to shortchange staff says Wendy Knowler on The Money Show.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 workplace safety measures 123rf

Women can tackle workspace inequality without the victim mentality - Nikki Bush

12 August 2020 3:21 PM

Human potential and parenting expert believes both men and women need to be educated and empowered to change the status quo.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

lobolo-negotiationsjpg

Lobola: 'Traditions over the years managed to bring stability into our homes'

12 August 2020 12:27 PM

Clement Manyathela speaks to heritage consultant Mbuso Khoza to find out more about the consequences of not paying lobola.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

netflorist-haroldpng

Why NetFlorist should be congratulated for bringing back whiny Harold

11 August 2020 8:14 PM

Branding expert Andy Rice explains why NetFlorist's radio campaign is his advertising hero of the week.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

anja-picturejpg

'Some women are even scared to become moms because it might impact their career'

11 August 2020 5:48 PM

Talent strategist, leadership expert and executive coach Anja van Beek gives her take on the motherhood penalty.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward