The Panel with Emma Espiner and Jonathan Krebs (Part 1)
The mental health and addiction inquiry has released a 200-page report with recommendation for th Health Minister. It has recommended the government set up a wellbeing commission, take action on alcohol and drugs and set a 20 percent reduction target in suicide rates by 2030. It says the current Mental Health Act is out of date. We speak to Professor Roger Mulder from Otago University's department of psychological medicine about what he sees as the most pressing issue in the system. Catholics in New Zealand have been outspoken on the issue of euthanasia and many submissions to a select committee on the issue have been from groups associtaed with the Catholic faith. Of the submissions received so far roughly 90 percent are opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill in its current form. We ask the panelists what they make of this.