18 Jun 2020

High Court rules on hospices and euthanasia

From Morning Report, 8:53 am on 18 June 2020

Hospices will not be forced to help people to die if New Zealanders vote to legalise voluntary euthanasia at this year's general election.

A High Court judge has said there is nothing in the End of Life Choice Act that would require hospices to provide assisted-dying services if they did not want to.

Hospice New Zealand had asked the court to rule on several questions.

Lawyer Holly Hedley works in the health law arena and speaks to Susie Ferguson.