A large study published by the British Medical Journal with the title Involvement of nurses in euthanasia: a review of the literature affirmed “In ethical debates about euthanasia, the focus is often exclusively on the involvement of physicians and the involvement of nurses is seldom given much attention. Yet nurses occupy a central position in the care of terminal patients, where being confronted with a euthanasia request is an ever-present reality.”
In this sense, we quote a recent book titled Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium that approach this issue saying “more recent Belgian nurses and social workers who specialise in treating dying patients are quitting their jobs because palliative care units are being turned into “houses of euthanasia”.
Professor Benoit Beuselinck, a consultant oncologist of the Catholic University Hospitals of Leuven also affirmed that “Increasing numbers of hospital staff employed in the palliative care sector are abandoning their posts because they did not wish to be reduced to preparing “patients and their families for lethal injections” see HERE.
He also said that after more than 15 years of legal euthanasia in Belgium “palliative care units are at risk of becoming ‘houses of euthanasia’, which is the opposite of what they were meant to be”.
“Care nurses found the demands for euthanasia an impossible burden and some Belgian palliative care units that have opened their doors to patients requesting euthanasia have seen nurses and social workers leaving the unit because they were disappointed that they could no longer offer palliative care to their patients in an appropriate way. They were upset that their function was reduced to preparing patients and their families for lethal injections.”.
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