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News, 10 February 2000

10 February 2000

10 February 2000 Police have been alerted to remarks by Dr Peter Brand MP, a physician, during the second reading of the Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill on the 28th of last month. He told of how he had let a two-year-old boy with leukaemia die by removing "all the tubes". The child took 48 hours to die. He said: "I allowed a death to occur, and that removed distress. The purpose of my action was, therefore, to promote death or at least to enable death to occur." He also said: "after a stroke, it is right to provide all the high-tech treatment, set up drips, insert tubes and ascertain how people get on. However, if the patient remains vegetative after a week or more, and further progress will not occur, it is clearly humane to be able to withdraw treatment, even though that withdrawal causes death." Dr Brand's remarks can be found at http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm199900/cmhansrd/cm000128/debtext/00128-06.htm [The Times, The Herald and the parliamentary website, 10 February, 2000] The Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill is now at its committee-stage. The first meeting of the committee yesterday was brief and mainly procedural. Subsequent meetings of the committee will take place on Wednesdays. [eyewitness] This bulletin is privately circulated by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, www.spuc.org.uk, 5/6 St Matthew Street, London, United Kingdom, SW1P 2JT, +44 20 7222 3763. The reliability of the news herein is dependent on the cited sources. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the society. Please forward this bulletin to other interested parties. To subscribe or unsubscribe, send an appropriate email to information@spuc.freeserve.co.uk

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