euthanasia in dementia patients

Elderly Hospital
Feb 10 '17 13:45

A group of 220 Dutch doctors took out an advertisement in NRC on Friday to show that they are against granting euthanasia to advanced dementia patients. The doctors believe it's wrong to give euthanasia based on a statement which the patient can no longer confirm.

"Our moral reluctance to end the life of a defenseless human being is too big", the ad reads. Among the signers are also doctors specialized in helping patients die. 

Elderly Hospital
Jan 26 '17 11:35

For the first time in Dutch history a doctor in the Netherlands was reprimanded for giving euthanasia to a dementia patient while it was not conclusively established that euthanasia was what the woman wanted at that time, Trouw reports. The implementation of euthanasia was also traumatic, the Regional Review Committee concluded, according to the newspaper. 

Elderly Hospital
Jan 6 '17 10:49

Euthanasia is hardly ever approved for advanced dementia patients, despite the fact that the Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice gave o dementia patients who requested it in a written declaration while they were still lucid.