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Two thousand health staff sign petition calling for euthanasia to be decriminalised

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39153.492789.DB (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:555
  1. Brad Spurgeon
  1. Paris

    More than 2000 doctors, nurses, and other health workers have published a petition in a French news magazine admitting to having assisted the deaths of terminally ill patients at some time in their careers (Le Nouvel Observateur 2007 March 8:98 http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/actualites/societe/20070312.OBS6433/euthanasie__le_proces_dun_medecinet_dune_infirmiere_sou.html).

    The petition was published four days before a trial opened in Perigueux, in south west France, of a doctor and a nurse accused of killing a 65 year old patient who was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer by administering a lethal dose of potassium in August 2003. If they …

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