Thursday 30 March 2017

Euthanasia on rise in Holland

Simon Caldwell

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.

Irish Independent

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