Criminal Investigations Launched Into Four More Euthanasia Cases In The Netherlands

There has also been a sharp rise in cases.

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has announced that it has begun investigations into four cases of euthanasia. Following on from a case last year when a doctor was reprimanded for euthanising a dementia patient without consent, these new cases are among 12 which were flagged by the monitoring committee as not being properly carried out.

About 7,000 people were euthanised by doctors in 2017, according to official records, up from 4,188 five years ago.

Victims across the country
Two of the cases under investigation concern the same doctor in Noord-Holland, employed by Levenseindekliniek, an end of life clinic. One case involves a 67 year old woman with Alzheimer's, who, it is claimed, was killed despite being unable to give consent. The second victim was an 84-year-old woman who was euthanised last June after claiming her life was "hopeless" because of several physical illnesses. It has been suggested that this was not sufficiently proven to be case.

The public prosecutor in Oost-Nederland is also investigating the death of a 72-year-old woman last April who had metastasised cancer but lapsed into a coma, leaving the physician unable to ascertain that the decision for euthanasia was voluntary and well-considered, the review committee said.

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