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  • BioEdge: Belgian euthanasia doctor faces criminal charges
    died just five minutes later Van Hoey said in the documentary that he was assisting De Moor as she was suffering from reactive depression De Moor s daughter had recently passed away and she had subsequently spiralled into depression After a few months of prescribing anti depressants Van Hoey deemed it acceptable to agree to De Moor s request for euthanasia I started with the medication the treatment she took it for a few weeks or months but her request is still going on said Dr Van Hoey in the documentary She wants to die because she s had it If there are any doubts regarding the conditions we must pass it on to the courts said the chairman of Belgium s Federal Euthanasia Review and Evaluation Commission Dr Wim Distelmans in an article that appeared in De Standaard this week Van Hoey maintains his innocence I believe this will cause a shockwave among all physicians and people involved in euthanasia in good faith he told De Standaard He is currently co operating with authorities Some experts see the incident as an example of the dangers of legalising euthanasia I think it is very important to say that once you open the door and you think you are going to control euthanasia or assisted suicide it s an illusion said Carine Brochier project manager of the Brussels based European Institute for Bioethics It s an illusion to believe you can control what goes on between a doctor and a patient in a room MORE ON THESE TOPICS Belgium euthanasia existential suffering This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/belgian-euthanasia-doctor-faces-criminal-charges/11635 (2016-02-18)
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  • Scores of depressed patients euthanised in Belgium
    it out Among those remaining 6 committed suicide one died by palliative sedation and one by anorexia The researchers are not disturbed by the thought of depressed patients being euthanized but rather say the most pressing concern is to ensure individuals are compos mentis of a sound mind we wish to underline that each euthanasia request must be scrutinised as a request for effective and far reaching treatment and that any such request demands exploration of all implications and clarification of alternatives A literature review made clear that the concept of unbearable suffering has not yet been defined adequately and that views on this concept are in a state of flux It is generally accepted that this concept is considered to be subjective dependent on personal values and that it must be determined in the first place by the patient Fifty nine of the patients involved in the study were living alone MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted dying euthanasia existential suffering mental illness This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/scores-of-depressed-patients-euthanised-in-belgium/11542 (2016-02-18)
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  • UK bioethicist says fear of death is driving public support for legalising euthanasia
    said For most people dying at home isn t about autonomy it s about dealing with the fear of dying in a hospital with poor end of life care The fear of dying in misery in a hospital is what is driving the assisted dying debate We ve known for a long time now that the option should be available for terminally ill patients to die at home We are seeing too many cases where proper pain control is not being given Referring to care in the English NHS the ombudsman s report details some of the cases investigated over the last four years including that of a 29 year old male dying of cancer who was admitted to hospital and left without pain relief for 11 hours MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia existential suffering hospitals public policy UK This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/fear-of-death-driving-push-for-euthanasia-says-medical-ethicist/11454 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Xavier Symons 23 November 2013 Comments tags hospitals neglect NHS The UK government has announced that all National Health Service employees doctors nurses and even hospital managers could face five years in jail if they are found guilty of poor care Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/hospitals (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    US public and scientists see world through different glasses Michael Cook 07 February 2015 Comments tags public policy science A Pew report finds significant differences in views on 13 science related issues The Lancet sounds alarm over care of the elderly Xavier Symons 12 April 2014 Comments tags ageing population elderly care public policy The elderly care crisis is set to worsen according to an alarming editorial published in The

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/public+policy (2016-02-18)
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  • Many Dutch doctors open to euthanasia for existential suffering
    The doctors were asked whether they had ever helped a patient with cancer other physical disease mental illness early or advanced dementia or someone without any severe physical ailments but who was tired of living to die Those who had not done so were asked if they would even consider helping someone to die and under what circumstances Four out of 10 would be prepared to help someone with early stage dementia to die but only one in three would do this for someone with late stage dementia even if that person had written an advance directive for euthanasia Around one in four 27 would be prepared to help someone tired of living to die if they had a severe medical condition But fewer than one in five 18 would do so in these circumstances if the person had no other medical grounds for suffering In a linked blog lead author Dr Eva Bolt of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research Amsterdam The Netherlands commented Each physician needs to form his or her own standpoint on euthanasia based on legal boundaries and personal values Dr James A Colbert of Brigham and Women s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Boston Massachusetts said the survey results are not that surprising Dr Colbert suggested we focus our attention more on palliative care A much more important issue to focus our attention on is how do we make sure that all patients are comfortable and well cared for at the end of life Palliative care is such an essential component of medical care yet very few patients will see a palliative care practitioner Studies have shown that patients with cancer who see a palliative care practitioner have better quality of life and in some cases even live longer than other cancer patients

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/many_dutch_doctors_open_to_euthanasia_for_existential_suffering/11333 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    04 May 2013 Comments tags abortion after birth abortion infanticide the Netherlands Dr Eduard Verhagen a paediatrician at University Medical Centre Groningen in the Netherlands says that in his experience infanticide is sometimes preferable to second trimestre abortion Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/the+Netherlands (2016-02-18)
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  • Assisted suicide for old but healthy
    said in a press conference on Saturday A special support group will be formed to discuss and formulate the new statutes specific implications Healthcare providers rather than the government regulate assisted suicide in Switzerland Organisations such as Exit and Dignitas decide themselves who the procedure is available to The Swiss Medical Association has expressed grave concern over the decision it cannot be ruled out that elderly healthy people could come under pressure of taking their own life said Dr Jürg Schlup the association s president Sutter said that the new statute would benefit those who don t want to go through the long pathology examinations usually required It has to be OK for elderly people not to be put through the same tests again said Sutter MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide existential suffering Switzerland This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/assisted_suicide_for_the_old_but_healthy/10988 (2016-02-18)
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