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In June an Australian paper (www.theage.com) reported about the findings of a Belgian survey on the role of nurses in physician assisted deaths in Belgium. By using the wrong words they suggested a huge misbehaviour of Belgian doctors and nurses: 50% of all euthanasia-cases were non-voluntary, and 20% of all nurses had been involved in non-voluntary euthanasia cases.
As of July 1, 2010 a new guidance for doctors by the UK General Medical Council “Treatment and care towards the end of life; good practice in decision making” has come into effect.
Zoe Fitzgerald Carter - a Columbia School of Journalism graduate - lives with her husband and two daughters in California. Her busy everyday life is disturbed when her mother Margaret informs her one day about her wish to "end things". Margaret no longer wishes to live with her Parkinson and starts making arrangements. One of those is that she wants her three daughters "to be there when she does it".
Sociologists Ellen Verbakel (Tilburg University) and Eva Jansen (Nijmegen University) performed a study to explore explanations for the approval of euthanasia by assessing the differences among individuals and countries.
On June 30, 2010 Adelbert Josephus Jitta passed away. He died at the age of 71 in dignity, making use of the law of which he may be called one of the founding fathers.
The English summary of the summer edition of NVVE's magazine Relevant can now be seen here.
South Australia keeps trying to move forward in legalizing euthanasia. This time Independent MP Bob Such introduced his Private Member's Bill in the House of Assembly. ABC News reports about it.
May 12, 2010: Researchers of the VUmc Amsterdam centre performed a qualitative study in physicians and patients on the use of Advanced Euthanasia Directives (AED) in cases of dementia. This was published in the Dutch Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (2010;154:A1273).
In a radio debate with German Emergency Head Dr Michael de Ridder (see news item on April 15, 2010 on this site) on the occasion of the appearance of De Ridder's book, Dr Hoppe, President of the Deutsche Ärztekammer (the National Doctors Organisation) , made a sensational statement taking a more relaxed position on physician-assisted suicide than he has conveyed in the past.