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As anounced earlier - see newsitem this website from September 21 - the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, has published the long awaited guidelines on the prosecution of cases of assisting suicide yesterday. They must be considered to act as an interim policy. He called for public participation in a 12-week consultation period, focussing on the questions he identified in this policy, open till December 16 this year. A finalised policy will then be issued in Spring 2010.
September 23, 2009: Rodney Syme (DWD Victoria, Australia) analysed three recent (August 2009) legal decisions in Australia that are of more widespread interest.
You can download his analysis by clicking here
His conclusions after the analysis were:
September 21, 2009: After the backing this year by the Law Lords of Debbie Purdy, calling for a policy statement on whether people assisting someone with his or her suicide should be prosecu
On 13 and 14 October, 2009, Compassion & Choices is proud to present the Symposium Dignity & Choices in the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The symposium will deal with End-of-Life Advocacy.
A Dutch survey into the practice of decisions at the end of life of patients with MND (Amyotrofic Lateral Sclerosis - ALS) by Dr Maud Maessen of the Utrecht University Medical Centre (UUMC), took the edge of the argument by many non-dutch doctors, that the percentage of euthanasia in this group was unacceptable high: one out of five ALS patients dies through euthanasia, while the general percentage of euthanasia in the Netherlands is not more than 1,8%.
The New England Journal of Medicine today (NEJM 361;11, September 10,2009) published a letter to the Editor in which a follow-up study on medical end-of-life practices in 2007, conducted at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The survey concluded that the enactment of the Belgian euthanasia law was followed by an increase in all types of end-of-life practices, with the exception of the use of lethal drugs without the patient's explicit request. Otherwise no shift was observed in the characteristics of the different groups. The only concern is the substantial increase in the freqency of deep sedation.
September 10, 2009: As from today you can read the July, 2009 VE Bulletin of SAVES.
RELEVANT, the quarterly magazine of the NVVE, Dutch RtD, has published its 3rd number of 2009. The English summary is available by clicking here.
The board of the RtD-Europe kindly invites its members to and calls for registration for the Biennial Meeting 2009 in Frankfurt from October 9 till 11, 2009.
On September 16, 2009 DMD Colombia will celebrate the fact that 30 years ago - an initiative of Beatriz Kopp de Gómez and others - the Fundación Pro Derecho a Morir Dignamente was established.
To commemorate this an academic event will take place in the Club del Comercio in Bogotá on that day from 2.00 PM. A special presentation will be given by Dr. Richard MacDonald, MD.
For the programme (in Spanish) and further information see below: