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Prescribing end-of-life conversation
Jan 13, 2015

Read an interesting article on communication around the end-of-life.  When debating end-of-life care,  many times these debates are limited to a "yes or no" towards assisted (aid) in dying. We tend to forget that the end-of-life starts earlier then the moment where doctors say

Guide for professionals on Refraining from Food and Fluids published in the Netherlands
Jan 13, 2015

In a position paper from 2011, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA) ascertained that physicians must be better trained to provide guidance to patients who choose to stop eating and drinking. Today the RDMA - together with the Dutch Nurses' Association - issued a guideline to

Study shows Norwegian doctors perform euthanasia 40 times annually
Jan 12, 2015

Ole Peder Kjeldstadli, chair of the Norwegian RtD Society Foreningen Retten til en Verdig Død, commented in Dagbladet on an article by Karsten Hytten and Svein Aarseth concerning the practice of euthanasia in Norway. After explaining the differences between passive and active euthanasia, Kjelstadli says “…when the right to self-determination, in principle, is legally respected when it comes to passive euthanasia, it is in my opinion inconsistent not to respect the self-determination when there is talk of (active) euthanasia”. He continues

Did Belgian criminal's request endangered legal euthanasia practice?
Jan 9, 2015

An opinion article (by Rob Jonquière)
The request for and announcements around  the euthanasia of Belgian prisoner has released tons of publications and debates around the world. At the centre of these discussions was of course the issue whether this was the definite proof of the so much feared slippery slope, or whether it demonstrated the legal and juridical strength of the law. Summarizing

Israeli District Court undertaking creative legal acrobatics advances 2005 Dying Patient Law
Jan 7, 2015

HAARETZ: The recent Tel Aviv District Court ruling allowing a patient with terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease) to end his life is a courageous decision. It advances the rights of an individual vis-a-vis his life and death, above and beyond the 2005 Dying Patient Law, which allows a person to refuse life-saving medical treatment only if their life expectancy is less than six months.
The court

Dying with Dignity Canada submits to the special BC Government Select Committee on physician assisted dying (PAD)
Jan 7, 2015

Last year, the B.C. Government forged an all-party committee to study how the province’s healthcare system can be improved. As part of its research, the Select Standing Committee on Health reached out to B.C. residents for input on a number of healthcare-related questions — including the future of end-of-life care in the province. Read here Dying with Dignity Canada's Submission to B.C.'s Select Standing on Health.

Peter Short, Australian campaigner dies
Dec 31, 2014

The campaigner for Dying with Dignity, Peter Short of Melbourne, died yesterday, less than a year since he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer on his 57th birthday.
Earlier we have reported about the work that Peter has done for the campaign during 2014. Specifically, he has provided significant support to Senator Di Natale’s Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014.

UK Right to Die campaigner Deby Purdy dies
Dec 31, 2014

Right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy, who won a landmark ruling to clarify the law on assisted suicide, has died. The 51-year-old from Bradford had lived with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) for almost 20 years. Ms Purdy  died on 23 December in London's Marie Curie Hospice.

Busy year 2014 for Dying with Dignity Canada
Dec 31, 2014

DWD Canada - on her magnificent website/blog - reviews the past year activities: 2014 - a year to remember. Read about polls, initiatives, developments  and stories.

Hurdle for New Zealand legislation initiative?
Dec 31, 2014

As reported earlier on this site, Maryan Street withdrew her Assisted Dying Bill, which was in the ballot awaiting Parliamentary debate.  Maryan Street planned to put the bill back in the ballot box at the start of the new political term after the election in 2014.  But the new Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, has given instructions to the MP who was to re-introduce

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