Doctor will be prosecuted regarding a Euthanasia case: First of its kind since the 2002 Euthanasia Act

Euthanasia case

The Public Prosection service is going to prosecute a doctor over a Euthanasia case from earlier this year. This is the first of its kind since the 2002 Euthanasia Act came into force.

The case involves his patient, who was suffering from dementia. Apparently, consent was unclear and so making the decision to go ahead with the process was completely unethical. He was reprimanded for it earlier this year, but now he will be officially prosecuted.

There’s certainly been more than one ‘careless’ case (as they call it), but in this instance, it will lead to a prosecution.

healthcare in the Netherlands
In this case full consent was not given

Euthanasia in the Netherlands

Euthanasia is a delicate topic and something that needs to be taken immensely seriously. Thankfully, cases such as these are rare and that’s why they are carried out here. I was born in the UK and euthanasia is illegal, as they feel it can be open to exploitation. If consent is not fully acknowledged then cases like these can occur. It opens up a lot of discussion about it. I’m personally in favour of Euthanasia for the most part, but it is a complicated topic.

What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear them! Let us know in the comments.   

 

Emma Brown
Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.
  1. I am not in favour of euthanasia at all because I think a person’s life is more than whatever difficult situation that they or others may feel like they have. We can start talking about levels of pain, but I wonder what kind of subjective discussion we would have. I certainly do not trust the entire world system that often does things out of convenience under the mask of “caring”.

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