“Should this (legal euthanasia) include a situation where doctors are drugging patients secretly?” said the Dutch prosecutor. See Review of countries where Euthanasia has been legalised. Increasing involuntary euthanasia, without consent by patients
Dutch officials said they will prosecute a nursing home doctor for euthanizing an elderly woman with dementia.
Officials first began probing the case in September, when they found the doctor had drugged the patient’s coffee and then had family members hold her down while delivering the euthanasia fatal drugs.
The doctor said she was fulfilling the patient’s earlier euthanasia request and that since the patient was not competent, nothing the woman said during her euthanasia procedure was relevant.
But Dutch prosecutors argued that the patient’s written euthanasia request was “unclear and contradictory.”
“In her living will, the woman wrote that she wanted to be euthanized ‘whenever I think the time is right.’ But after being asked several times in the nursing home whether she wanted to die, she said, ‘Not just now, it’s not so bad yet,’” according to an earlier report by one of the Netherlands’ euthanasia review committees.
“A case like this should serve as a warning for other countries. The Dutch seem to be recognizing that certain practices are out of bounds,” said Scott Kim, an ethicist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
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