Slow and stealthy euthanasia

In July, this report came out of Great Britain.

A British “end of life” care protocol approved for use
by the National Health Service (NHS), has created a systematic, and
legal, method of euthanising elderly and disabled patients, even while
“mercy killing” remains officially illegal, says a prominent expert in
elder care. The “Liverpool Care Pathway” will be used to eliminate
patients deemed to be “blocking beds” in the increasingly financially
strapped public health system.

For years, Dr. Adrian Treloar, a psycho-geriatrician and senior
lecturer at the Greenwich Hospital and Guys’, King’s and St. Thomas’s
Hospitals in London, has been sounding the warning that the NHS has an
unofficial system in place to authorise the killing of vulnerable
disabled patients with an unwritten policy of “involuntary euthanasia”
by deep sedation and dehydration.

Now, there’s more to that.

A BBC report has revealed that physicians in the UK are
increasingly seeing and using “continuous deep sedation” as a form of
“slow” euthanasia. Adam Brimelow, BBC News health correspondent, writes
that the use of continuous deep sedation, also known as “terminal
sedation” is becoming more common in the UK and may be the way
physicians are skirting the law prohibiting direct euthanasia.

As bioethics expert Alex Schadenberg says:

“A lethal injection is quicker, but in fact the ethics are no different. Both intend death.”

New Zealand GP Dr. Philip Harrison had first-hand experience with this practice when his own father was ‘treated’ thus, as the BBC News reported in that original piece.

“I don’t know what the legal term is but to me it was as near to a form of murder that I had come across,” he said.


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