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Half of Dutch GPs have felt pressured by patients or relatives to euthanise patients

1 August 2011

A survey suggests that half of Dutch GPs have felt pressured by patients or their relatives to euthanise patients. The results of the survey of 800 family doctors was reported in an English-speaking Dutch news-website. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition commented: "It is important to note that the Dutch claim to have a strict euthanasia law, but the facts show otherwise .. The concepts of safeguards, choice and autonomy are only really only the slogans that the euthanasia lobby use." [Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 29 July] http://bit.ly/qCAyy7

UK health service delays operations as it waits for patients to die, claims report

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is delaying operations as it waits for patients to die, claims a new report. The report by the Co-operation and Competition Panel comes as the government has ordered the NHS to make billions of pounds in efficiency savings. [Telegraph, 28 July] http://tgr.ph/rh1dT7 Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "Neglecting patients to death is widespread in the UK. Euthanasia by omission of reasonable medical treatment was enshrined in UK statute law by the Mental Capacity Act."

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UK scientists announce adult stem cell trial for multiple sclerosis [Evening Standard, 29 July] http://bit.ly/riA7yG

UK teens convicted of murdering disabled woman [Daily Mail, 1 August] http://bit.ly/nbMhX6

UK drivers to be pressured over organ donation before licence issued [Daily Mail, 1 August] http://bit.ly/r3RCnY

Retired London actor admits killing severely-ill actress-wife [Your Local Guardian, 28 July] http://bit.ly/qGLVsF

Euthanasia bills being pushed in both federal and state Australian parliaments [Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 28 July] http://bit.ly/qsaHWW

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