Picture: AAP A loophole allowing “euthanasia by stealth” has been closed after a warning from medical experts, the State Government says. Clinicians alerted officials that legally binding advance care directives (ACD), signed by patients ordering that no resuscitation measures be taken to save them, were being used by people wanting to end their lives. Paramedics and emergency department doctors faced difficult decisions when dealing with people who, for example, deliberately overdosed on pills. An ACD is a legal form that allows people aged over 18 to write instructions for their future health care, end of life, living arrangements and personal matters, for circumstances where they can no longer make their own decisions. This can include a “refusal of health care” directive, meaning a clinician cannot give treatment a person has refused. A health worker can override such a directive only if there is evidence the person changed their mind, […]