Netherlands Now Has Traveling Euthanasia Squads

They'll end patients' lives if their doctors refuse
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2012 8:58 AM CST
Netherlands Now Has Traveling Euthanasia Squads
The mobile euthanasia teams will be able to serve patients whose doctors are unwilling to kill them.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It has just become easier for the Dutch to get fatal house calls. The Right to Die-NL group yesterday launched a mobile euthanasia service, the AFP reports. Six doctor-and-nurse teams will crisscross the country performing mercy killings for patients whose doctors refuse to do so—provided they meet the Netherlands' strict criteria for euthanasia eligibility. Patients wishing to die in the Netherlands must undergo a rigorous process including having their case reviewed by a special commission consisting of a doctor, jurist, and ethicist.

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But even with those safeguards in place, the Royal Dutch Society of Doctors, one of the country's largest medical lobbies, has qualms about the mobile mercy killers. "We are not against euthanasia if there is no other alternative," a spokesman tells Sky. "But euthanasia is a complicated process. It comes from the long-time treatment of a patient based on a relationship of trust . …We have serious doubts whether this can be done by a doctor who is only focused on performing euthanasia." For more, click here. (Read more euthanasia stories.)

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