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Spanish government approves draft bill regulating terminal care

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 20 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3155
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

The Spanish cabinet passed a new draft bill on 13 May reaffirming the right of doctors to use whatever drugs they deem necessary to provide relief to patients in the last hours or days of their life, even if this hastens their death.

The Bill for Regulating the Rights of People Facing the End of Life aims to clarify the rights of terminally ill patients and the obligations of the medical personnel attending them.

One of the most important parts of the draft bill is that it clarifies that patients can request the withdrawal of their treatment even if a doctor believes that it should …

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