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Court upholds murder verdict on doctor who ended woman's life

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1351
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Royal Dutch Medical Association is calling for doctors who “end a patient's life without an explicit request” to be able to report their actions and have them judged outside a court of law. The “dilemmas” that doctors face in practice should not be judged on legal criteria alone, it argues.

    Dr Wilfred van Oijen (left) talks to a patient in a television documentary, Death on Request


    The call comes after an appeal court ruling that upheld the murder charge against Dr Wilfred van Oijen, the Amsterdam GP …

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