Junior doctors and conscientious objection to voluntary assisted dying: ethical complexity in practice.
Rosalind J McDougall, Ben P White, Danielle Ko, Louise Keogh, Lindy Willmott
J Med Ethics | Published : 2021
In jurisdictions where voluntary assisted dying (VAD) is legal, eligibility assessments, prescription and administration of a VAD substance are commonly performed by senior doctors. Junior doctors' involvement is limited to a range of more peripheral aspects of patient care relating to VAD. In the Australian state of Victoria, where VAD has been legal since June 2019, all health professionals have a right under the legislation to conscientiously object to involvement in the VAD process, including provision of information about VAD. While this protection appears categorical and straightforward, conscientious objection to VAD-related care is ethically complex for junior doctors for reasons tha..View full abstract