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Dutch euthanasia procedures relaxed

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7077.323f (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:323
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch cabinet has announced plans to allow doctors who take part in euthanasia and assisted suicide to have their cases reviewed by regional committees of doctors, lawyers, and ethicists. They will judge if the strict guidelines for good medical practice have been followed and report to the public prosecution department.

    In the rare cases when doctors have acted without a specific request, such as with severely handicapped newborn babies and patients who have been in …

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