Every patient has the right to an individual approach to their treatment. If a patient is seriously ill, they should receive treatment that will relieve their physical and emotional suffering.
In Ukraine, palliative care as a separate kind of medical care is guaranteed by the state. It must be available to people who suffer from moderate or severe pain. According to the law, seriously ill patients should be prescribed painkillers. At the same time, there is still debate in Ukraine around the most effective pain relief methods. In particular, around medical cannabis which could relieve the pain of people with, for instance, cancer or epilepsia.
How are human rights respected in palliative care? Do seriously ill patients receive proper treatment? How is a patient’s right to choose their treatment methods realized? Can a seriously ill patient autonomously make an important decision about their health?
Organizers: Docudays NGO, Ukrainian Ombudsman
Andriy Rokhansky, Chair of the Board of the Institute for Legal Research and Strategy NGO.
Liudmyla Andriyishyn, Head of the Travelling Consultation Department of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Clinical Centre of Palliative Care.
Taras Ratushnyi, public figure, co-organizer of the Freedom March.
Anatoliy Tsarenko, Head of the Department of Hospice and palliative medicine at the Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education
Maryna Lobodina, Head of LaVita Palliative Care Found.
Moderator: Marharyta Tulup, journalist
The discussion will be held in Ukrainian with sign language interpretation. The sign language interpretation is provided by the Inclusively Friendly project.