End of life, in Calabria the only proposal is that of the Democratic Party: it is from 2022, never discussed


By John

In Calabria there is only one bill for the end-of-life regulation and it has never yet been discussed. It was presented by regional councilors of the Democratic Partythe first signatory was the group leader Domenico Bevacqua, followed by the councilors of the same party: Ernesto Alecci, Francesco Antonio Iacucci, Nicola Irto (now senator) and Raffaele Mammoliti.

The proposed law, n. 77 of the XII Regional Legislature: «Health care for the peaceful and painless death of terminal patients» was presented and directly assigned on 23 June 2022, to the third Health commission, for the merit exam, and to the second, Budget, economic planning and productive activities, European Union affairs and foreign relations, for the opinion. Since then no further steps have been taken. The text, composed of seven articles, states that «the public health structures of the Calabria Region ensure assistance to help terminally or chronically ill people die peacefully and painlessly, whose clinical condition is compatible with the right to refuse medical treatment. artificial life support pursuant to Article 32, paragraph 2, of the Constitution”. To access the so-called peaceful death, the same law establishes the conditions that are in line with what was established by the ruling of the Constitutional Court. That patients «are capable of making free, informed decisions and have autonomously and freely expressed their desire to access services and treatments, with the methods and tools most suited to their clinical conditions; are affected by irreversible pathologies; are kept alive with life-sustaining treatments; are in conditions of absolutely intolerable physical and psychological suffering.”

The access conditions are up to the health authorities following the opinion of the territorially competent ethics committee and the entire procedure must be completed within 7 days. The same law establishes that services are free and ensures that healthcare personnel have the choice of conscientious objection.