Netherlands


The Dutch do it better
Paul Russell | Sep 21 2016 | comment  
A Belgian child was euthanised last week. Now they're studying a child euthanasia clinic in the Netherlands

Dutch paediatricians seek child euthanasia
Michael Cook | May 2 2016 | comment  
Government to fund study

Everybody’s a winner when euthanasia combines with organ donation, say doctors
Michael Cook | Apr 5 2016 | comment  
"Ghoulish" proposal in the Journal of Medical Ethics criticised by British politicians

The Netherlands is normalising euthanasia
Michael Cook | Mar 30 2016 | comment  
A former member of a euthanasia review board is horrified at what is happening in his country

Should people be denied choices at the end of life?
Paul Russell | Jan 29 2016 | comment  
Choice, safeguards, and a loaded question.

The underground Dutch system for do-it-yourself euthanasia
Michael Cook | Nov 30 2015 | comment  
Right-to-die groups are illegally promoting a "peaceful pill"

Is the Netherlands moving toward euthanasia-on-demand?
Michael Cook | Sep 28 2015 | comment  
A Dutch doctor who refuses could find himself in hot water.

Reviving the slippery slope
Michael Cook | Aug 17 2015 | comment  
A leading American bioethicist admits that he is worried by euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Court tussle over right to euthanase Dutch woman with dementia
Michael Cook | Aug 11 2015 | comment  
The first time that an institution has refused to allow a patient to be given a lethal injection.

Dutch doctors to approve organ donation euthanasia
Michael Cook | Dec 1 2014 | comment  
It could double the number of organs available every year.

Don’t like nursing homes? The Dutch have a solution for you
Paul Russell | Aug 29 2014 | comment  
How does euthanasia sound?

We were wrong, says former regulator of Dutch euthanasia
Theo Boer | Jul 17 2014 | comment  
Euthanasia is becoming a ‘default’ mode of dying for cancer patients.

Euthanasia of newborns under the microscope
Felipe E. Vizcarrondo | Mar 4 2014 | comment  
The ends of medicine are health, cure and care, not taking innocent lives.

Doubts emerge about Dutch guidelines for terminal sedation
Michael Cook | Jul 23 2012 | comment  
Should deep, continuous sedation at the end of life really be treated as normal medical practice in the Netherlands, ask three Dutch authors in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Although they do not appear to oppose euthanasia, they argue that “morally problematic aspects inherent to palliative sedation do not get the attention they deserve” under current guidelines. Since palliative sedation accounted for more than 12% of deaths in the Netherlands in 2010, this is an important issue.

Muddled picture of Dutch euthanasia
Michael Cook | Jul 16 2012 | comment  
Euthanasia in the Netherlands is nothing much to worry about, according to The Lancet. The latest survey shows that the overall levels of euthanasia and assisted suicide are about the same now as they were in 2002, when euthanasia was legalised. A small increase since 2005 is just due to the fact that more people are requesting euthanasia. At least that was the spin in The Lancet's press release.

Official FAQ on Dutch euthanasia
Michael Cook | Mar 8 2012 | comment  
In 2010 the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs published an FAQ about Dutch euthanasia. This is a very useful document as it provides an authoritative reference for defining exactly what happens there. It covers such issues as euthanasia of demented patients (not in principle, but there are exceptions), of chronic psychiatric patients (not prohibited in all cases), of minors (between 12 to 15, parental permission required), and of infants (never, except of newborn infants suffering extreme pain and discomfort).

Questions asked about euthanasia for brain-damaged Dutch prince
Michael Cook | Mar 3 2012 | comment  
Dutch Prince Johan Friso, brain-damaged after being buried by an avalanche in Austria last month, has been transferred to Wellington Hospital, in London. Doctors believe that the 43-year-old is unlikely to recover consciousness, although will be weeks before they have a clear idea of his prospects.

Santorum sparks controversy over Dutch euthanasia
Michael Cook | Mar 2 2012 | comment  
So when US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum described the state of euthanasia in the Netherlands on February 3 in a forum in Missouri, he failed to kick a goal. In fact, the Washington Post fact checker, who is the son of Dutch migrants and whose uncle was euthanased, disparaged his “bogus statistics” and awarded him four Pinicchios. He was ridiculed in the New York Times and on Radio Netherlands.

Dutch doctors solidly behind euthanasia: poll
Michael Cook | Aug 6 2011 | comment  
How much can on-line polls be trusted? Not much. An on-line poll about euthanasia? Even less. However, in view of the sketchy state of information about euthanasia in the first country to legalise it, any poll is welcome. The EinVandaag website in the Netherlands surveyed general practitioners in the last week in July and found that Dutch doctors support it, though sometimes reluctantly. (The number of official notifications of deaths by euthanasia rose 13% to 2,636 in 2009, although many deaths are apparently not reported.)

Dutch activists planning euthanasia clinic
Michael Cook | Jan 27 2011 | comment  
The Dutch voluntary euthanasia society (NVVE) is planning to open an eight-person clinic in 2012 where people can go to end their lives. It estimates that about 1,000 people a year would take advantage of its facilities. It would cater for people whose doctors have refused to euthanase them. Not only people with an incurable illness, but also people with chronic psychiatric conditions and dementia would be welcome.

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