German doctors reject new draft bill on living wills for being too complicated

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 06 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2405
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    Hopes that a long awaited draft bill on living wills will soon be passed in Germany were dashed last month when a new draft was published that would not recognise existing living wills.

    In 2003 the German Constitutional Court demanded a new law to clarify the use of living wills. However, the latest draft of the bill, which is supported by a group of MPs from four of the five parties in parliament, does not automatically accept people’s existing living wills. Instead, in contrast to a former draft drawn up in September 2007, the bill demands further conditions in certain cases, such as counselling from a doctor and the agreement of a …

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