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.
Euthanasia is hardly ever approved for advanced dementia patients, despite the fact that the Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice gave the go ahead that it can be given to dementia patients who requested it in a written declaration while they were still lucid. Since the euthanasia request declaration system was implemented end 2015, there's only been three known cases of it being used, the Volkskrant reports based on information from the euthanasia review committees RTE.
The VVD is very much against setting a minimum age to qualify for euthanasia after a full or completed life. In a parliamentary debate on the government's plan, VVD parliamentarian Arno Rutte called it inappropriate because it would make people who reach that age feel uncomfortable with the idea that their lives are now "complete", the Telegraaf reports.
Former CDA parliamentarian Frans Jozef van der Heijden and his wife ended their lives together on Friday at the ages of 78- and 76-years respectively. They explain their decision to do so in an obituary published in newspaper AD on Tuesday.
Psychiatrists in the Netherlands are concerned that the Dutch government's plan to allow assisted suicide at the end of a "full life" will put them in a difficult position, Damien Denys, president of the Dutch psychiatrists association NVvP said to newspaper Trouw.
SP members Lilian Marijnissen and Renske Leitjen think there is a link between the quality of nursing home care and elderly people's desire to make an end to their life, they said on Twitter in response to to government's plan to allow assisted suicide at the end of a "full life". Other parliamentary parties were outraged
The Dutch government wants to adjust the Euthanasia Act so that people who aren't sick, but feel that their life is completed, can end their lives with assisted suicide. This will only be allowed under "strict and rigorous criteria", the government wrote to parliament. The majority of parliamentarians support the plan.
Within the next year a center for euthanasia in children will open in the Netherlands, professor of pediatrics Eduard Verhagen predicted to Dutch newspaper AD, who calls him the authority in the field of child euthanasia.
Two Dutch organization made a renewed call for experiments with an end-of-life pill for people who do not qualify for euthanasia on Nieuwsuur. They plan to soon submit proposals for such experiments
The number of euthanasia cases increased by 4 percent last year. A total of 5,516 people died by euthanasia in 2015, according to the annual report by the five regional euthanasia review committees
The public prosecution office in the Netherlands demanded that Bart van U. serve an eight-year prison sentence and mandatory psychiatric treatment for the murders of his sister, Lois, and former health minister Els Borst. In its closing argument, the prosecution pushed for two manslaughter convictions instead of murder, saying that Van U. “was of a greatly diminished mental capacity” at the time of the crimes.
Bart van U. is disappointed that he had to kill former politician Els Borst, but he was on a "divine mission" to "kill those who made the euthanasia law". When it came to the murder of his sister Lois, the last straw was when she gave him a dessert snack knowing he doesn't like it, he said in court on Tuesday, according to AD reporter Victor Schildkamp tweeting live from within the courtroom.
One man recently saved the lives of five other patients by donating his organs after euthanasia. He gave his last breath in an operating room at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, while five other patients lay waiting in five other operating rooms
Bart van U. confessed to killing former politician Els Borst in February 2014. In a statement he gave the court on Thursday he said that it was his "divine mission" to kill the person responsible for the euthanasia law, Els Borst in his eyes, according to AD reporter Victor Schildkamp, tweeting live from within the courtroom.
Assisted suicide will remain illegal. It is not necessary to change the law on assisted suicide, the committee Schnabel concludes in its advisory report. The committee was asked to investigate whether people who feel that their life is done and want to die, need additional legal options
Euthanasia requests from people with advanced dementia are hardly ever honored, even if they drew up a written request when they were still lucid, according to a study done into the records of 26 legally incompetent dementia patients
The Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice updated their "guide" on euthanasia to give people suffering from severe dementia the option of euthanasia, even if they are unable to express the wish themselves. This is only possible if the patient wrote a declaration with his wish for euthanasia while he was still clearheaded
Doctors do not want to be obligated to perform euthanasia if their patients request it. They want to be able to determine themselves how or if they want to cooperate with a patient's wish to die, and if necessary they want to be able to refuse, doctors federation KNMG said
Bart van U., the man suspected of killing former Minister Els Borst, appeared in the Rotterdam court on Tuesday for a pro-forma hearing regarding the murder of his sister Lois van U. Van U. gave a statement in court, saying that under the same circumstances, he would kill his sister again.
The Dutch Association of Pediatrics think that children under 12 years should also have the option to ask for euthanasia, provided that their suffering is unbearable and hopeless.
On Monday the Public Prosecutor in Arnhem put in an appeal and demanded a 3 month prison sentence an one year probation against a now 74 year old man from Bennekom who helped his 99 year old mother commit suicide. The court had found the man guilty, but imposed no penalty.
Doctors are less willing to grant a euthanasia request to people suffering from a psychiatric illness or dementia than to people suffering from cancer or another serious physical disorder.
The Levenseindekliniek helped 232 people with their request to die in 2014, 98 more than in 2013. The clinic also had 1,035 requests for euthanasia last year, substantially more than the previous year, the Levenseindekliniek announced.
The review committee has assessed the euthanasia of a woman, who suffered from a severe form of tinnitus (ear ringing), as careless, De Monitor reports. The responsible physician works for the Levenseindekliniek (end of life clinic). This is the third "careless" assessment for the clinic in a yea