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An Auckland University research, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, asked doctors about the last death they'd attended. Research suggests that GPs are hastening death of terminally ill patients.
Of 650 GPs who responded, 65 per cent reported they'd withdrawn treatment from a patient or alleviated pain in the probability it may hasten death; 16 per cent said they had actively withheld treatments so as not to prolong life and four per cent (16 doctors) reported prescribing a drug with the explicit purpose of hastening death.
Sir Kier Starmer, formerly the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who is now a Labour MP, said the law "needs to be changed". He believes people must be helped to take their own lives without being forced to inconveniently travel to Switzerland in their final days. He said it is time politicians protected compassionate loved ones from prosecution by legalising assisted dying. He claimed that Crown Prosecution Service guidelines
The FAREWELL PARTY is a jet-black comedy about friendship and saying goodbye. A group of friends in an old people's home in Jerusalem builds a machine with which you can commit euthanasia. They want to help a friend with a dignified end to his life. But as soon as the other residents get air of the existence of this machine, a lot more people do want to make use of it. This presents the group of friends with an emotional dilemma. A "must see". The FAREWELL PARTY
Despite massive public support, MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a passionate debate, some argued the plans allowed a "dignified and peaceful death" while others said they were "totally unacceptable". Pro-assisted dying campaigners said the result showed
An attempt to overturn the UK law on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia by appealing to the European court of human rights has failed. The Strasbourg court has rejected as inadmissible applications by Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony suffered from locked-in syndrome, and Paul Lamb, who was paralysed following a car crash.
The seven-judge panel on the ECHR unanimously dismissed Mrs Nicklinson's claim on the grounds that it was for the national parliament to decide on such a sensitive issue.
According to a report by a study commission in the German parliament leaked to "Die Welt" newspaper, three of the draft bills currently under discussion in the German parliament are unconstitutional - on the grounds that the definitions they contain would be hard to enforce. The Bundestag is due to vote on proposals to restrict its liberal assisted suicide laws this autumn, with many members concerned about organizations that offer assisted suicide services. Germany has no legislation covering assisted suicide at all at the moment - as long as they administer the fatal drug to themselves, it is legal
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 158; read the English summary here.
A Californian emergency physician writes down his experiences with the death of his father after a devastating stroke. Chris Stookey: "Though death by terminal dehydration was preferable to a drawn out death in the ICU or in a nursing home, death by dehydration was nonetheless a less than ideal way to die. My father would have preferred
Based on the real life experience of the author's late father and herself, Ilanna S. Mandel wants to honour that journey, as well as support the cause of dying with dignity. Ilanna and her team request that you take a look at their campaign and view the project. If you feel comfortable with doing so, they ask that you support what they seek to achieve.
Visit the link to their project.