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  • keith_auk
    After a number of well publicised cases where disabled Britons have tried to obtain legal support to commit suicide—usually with the involvement of someone
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 5, 2002
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      After a number of well publicised cases where disabled Britons have
      tried to obtain legal support to commit suicide—usually with the
      involvement of someone else—the General Medical Council is once
      again
      examining the issue of withholding food and water from patients.

      Two particular cases, about which we have been informed recently,
      concern two elderly women (85 and 79 years of age) admitted to UK
      hospitals with conditions that were not life threatening. In both
      cases, the women's families believed that they were receiving medical
      care. In fact, both women were being denied food and water and
      subsequently died.

      Supporters of euthanasia usually make a great deal about ensuring
      that patients and/or their families are fully involved in the
      decision to withdraw treatment. However, these cases illustrate that
      it is not simply about withdrawing treatment, but allowing patients
      to die from dehydration, when fluid and food is denied them against
      their wishes. Equally offensive, is that the decision to kill these
      patients was obviously made by medical staff, without any reference
      to the wishes of the family.

      There can be no better warning of the 'Pandora's Box' that pro-
      euthanasia campaigners are trying to open. More importantly, cases
      such as these will ensure that vulnerable groups are less inclined to
      seek medical help.

      It is surely time that those in the medical profession decided
      whether they are healers or killers?

      From Disability Tribune (August 2002) DAA, 11 Belgrave Road London
      SWIV 1RB UK.
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