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New reporting system for euthanasia shows doctors follow rules

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1362
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch doctors carrying out euthanasia acted with due care in almost all cases according to the first annual report of the Netherlands' “euthanasia appraisal committees.”

    But the report, presented to the health and justice ministries, shows no recent improvement in the reporting rate for euthanasia cases, estimated at around 60%.

    The committees, made up of doctors, lawyers, and ethicists, were established as part of a new euthanasia reporting procedure and were welcomed by the …

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