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Dutch reporting of euthanasia cases falls -- despite legal reporting requirements

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7452.1336 (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1336
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Antwerp

    The Dutch health minister, Clémence Ross, has appealed to doctors' “medical professionalism” amid concerns that they are not fulfilling legal requirements to report euthanasia. Her appeal follows the fourth consecutive fall in the number of reported cases of euthanasia.

    Last year's research, by Paul van der Maas, professor of social policy at Rotterdam's Erasmus Medical Centre, and Gerrit van der Wal, professor of social medicine at Amsterdam Free University Medical Centre, suggested that, although reporting was increasing, it had only reached 54% by 2001 (BMJ …

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