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“Terminal sedation” different from euthanasia, Dutch ministers agree

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:465
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch ministers of health and justice have rejected a call from the attorney general, Joan de Wijkerslooth, for “terminal sedation” to be covered by the same legal controls as euthanasia. Dutch doctors have welcomed, however, the distinction drawn between euthanasia and terminal sedation, in which a dying patient is given pain relief that induces a permanent coma.

    Terminal sedation and the withdrawal of artificial feeding and hydration …

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