Euthanasia on rise in Holland
Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00
Euthanasia cases in Holland increased by 13pc in the past year.
Last year a total of 2,636 Dutch people died by assisted suicide, with 80pc of cases involving people dying at home after their doctors administered a lethal dose of drugs.
This compared with 2,331 reported deaths in 2008.
In 2003, when Holland legalised the practice, there were 1,815 cases.
Euthanasia is usually carried out by administering a sedative, followed by a drug to cause death.
By law, doctors must be convinced that their patients are making an informed choice.
Dutch medics have been accused of applying a liberal interpretation of the law and sometimes killing people who cannot properly consent.