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A poll held amongst 1,005 doctors (research done by MedeConnect HealthCare Insight) resulted in a growing support for legal change in GP's: 40% in favour, 32% against and 28% undecided. Remarkable is also that two thirds said the BMA and the Royal Colleges (until now opposed!) should change their stance to neutral.
(from Times of London, June 16, 2014)
Senator Richard di Natale of Victoria, tabled a Draft Bill in the Senate in Canberra, regarding dying with dignity.
Elke Baezner, Präsident des deutschen Rechts auf Humanes Sterben Gesellschaft DGHS ist, wenn in einer Sitzung, angegriffen worden. Der Angreifer warf Butter-Säure an ihr und einem Kollegen, Haut und Augenverletzungen verursachend. Nach behandlung im Krankenhaus konnte sie nach hause gehen. Sie sagte:
According to a WCAX.com report (Kyle Midura) 1 year aftyer the Vermont Governor signed a measure allowing terminally ill Vermonters to take a fatal prescription, so far only two have filled prescriptions for medication to end their lifes. Both died ultimately of natural causes.
70 year old Margo MacDonald, godmother of two Assisted Suicide Bills in Scotland, was suffering of Parkinsons' disease. As Independent MSP in the Scottish Parliament since 1999, she was known for her high-profile campaigns, including legalising assisted suicide in Scotland. Her first Bill failed, but despite her illness she continued with renewed forces a new campaign for a new Bill.
From GlobalPost.com: Swiss assisted suicide group Exit A.D.M.D., a group that provides assisted suicide in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, has expanded its services to help elderly patients who are sick but not terminally ill end their lives.
The group's larger sister organisation Exit DS, which operates in the German and Italian speaking parts of the country, is planning to follow suit in a few days.
Our Pub-Med editor John Willoughby reported: "There have been many articles of interest since September 2013 - and I apologise for the length of the list. Even so, there were other articles that could have been included. There a a couple of abstracts that I wanted to follow up by reading the primary article, but to which I could not find access. Read the abstracts here.
DWD Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update May 2014, to be read here.
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 153. You can read the English summary here.
From Associated Press: More than 100 people died in Washington last year after requesting and taking a lethal prescription through Washington's Death with Dignity law, the state's Department of Health reported Wednesday. The youngest was 29,