First Do No Harm: Pressing Concerns Regarding Euthanasia in Belgium
University of Hull
July 13, 2013
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, July 13, 2013
This article is concerned with the practice of euthanasia in Belgium. Background information is provided; then major developments that have taken place since the enactment of the Belgian Act on Euthanasia are analysed. Concerns are raised about (1) the changing role of physicians and imposition on nurses to perform euthanasia; (2) the physicians' confusion and lack of understanding of the Act on Euthanasia; (3) inadequate consultation with an independent expert; (4) lack of notification of euthanasia cases, and (5) organ transplantations of euthanized patients. Some suggestions designed to improve the situation and prevent abuse are offered.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Belgium, Euthanasia, Physician-assisted suicide (PAS), Monitoring, Safeguards, Terminal sedation
JEL Classification: I00, I1, I10, I18, I19, Z00
Date posted: July 25, 2013
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