Dutch doctors feel pressure by state, relatives, to euthanise patients

Dutch doctors feel pressure by state, relatives, to euthanise patients

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[Life News] As Parliament prepares to debate assisted dying on Thursday, and medical bodies in the UK consider dropping their opposition to ending patients’ lives, a new study has revealed the worrying amount of pressure GPs in the Netherlands are put under to perform euthanasia.

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“Pressure in dealing with requests for euthanasia or assisted suicide. Experiences of general practitioners” was recently published by the British Medical Journal, and has been analysed by Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

The study interviewed 22 General Practitioners (GPs) and did in-depth interviews with 15 GPs in the Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002. The in-depth interviews concerned 36 euthanasia deaths whereby the GP felt pressured. The study concluded that:

Six categories of pressure GPs experienced in dealing with EAS (euthanasia and assisted suicide) requests were revealed: (1) emotional blackmail, (2) control and direction by others, (3) doubts about fulfilling the criteria, (4) counter pressure by patient’s relatives, (5) time pressure around referred patients and (6) organisational pressure.

Cases of emotional blackmail included patients threatening to commit suicide if the euthanasia request was not granted. Disturbingly, there were cases of the family threatening to kill the patient: ‘Well, will I have to do it myself then, will I have to put a pillow over her head? And then you will be the guilty one.’ (Case 9.1)

This article continues at [Life News] Doctors face coercion, job loss threats if they don’t euthanise patients

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