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Doctor prosecutions

Friday, August 21, 1970

Two doctors who “together” helped a patient to die, where it was not completely clear that she had asked for this, were discharged from prosecution by the Court of Appeal because of the long time (18 months!) it had taken the prosecution to do its job. Unfortunately they offered no verdict on the principle.

A doctor who administered sleeping drugs and morphine to a terminally ill patient and did not report it was acquitted of all charges. His defense was that it was Terminal Sedation and thus a “normal” medical decision which has nothing to do with euthanasia.

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