Belgium


Palliative care and PAD—The Benelux experience

Xavier Symons | 07 February 2015 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia, palliative care, physician assisted death
A group of researchers have produced an empirical study of the effect of physician assisted death on palliative care.

PBS investigates Belgian euthanasia

Michael Cook | 17 January 2015 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
This PBS video gives an insight into the issues and personalities behind Belgium’s euthanasia regime.

Euthanasia of convicted Belgian murderer cancelled

Michael Cook | 10 January 2015 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
The Belgian justice minister has refused to allow convicted rapist Frank Van den Bleeken to undergo euthanasia.

Belgian euthanasia group tours Auschwitz

Michael Cook | 28 November 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Nazi doctors, Wim Distelmans
About 70 people accompanied Belgian euthanasia doctor Wim Distelmans on his tour of Auschwitz last month.

UK conference studies reality of Belgian euthanasia

Michael Cook | 15 November 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Early in November a conference at St Mary’s University, London, brought together experts to discuss future directions.

Belgian psychiatrist deregistered over abuse

Michael Cook | 09 November 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
A Belgian psychiatrist who sexually abused a patient who subsequently sought euthanasia has been deregistered.

A more elegant solution

Michael Cook | 27 September 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
An elderly Belgian man and wife are preparing to be euthanized together. They explain why in a startling interview.

Belgium grants prisoner’s request for euthanasia

Michael Cook | 20 September 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
A decision which raises many questions.

Distelmans under fire over Auschwitz trip

Michael Cook | 18 July 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
Belgium’s foremost practitioner of euthanasia who is also the head of the government euthanasia regulator has become collateral damage in the debate across the Channel.

Scottish rights groups back right to die for children

Michael Cook | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia, Scotland
Taking their cue from Belgium, Scottish groups have tentatively backed voluntary euthanasia for children with terminal illnesses.

Belgian deacon arrested over 40 deaths in hospital

Michael Cook | 07 June 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, Catholic Church, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
News that a Catholic deacon may have euthanased 40 patients has reset the benchmark for weirdness.

Five Belgians euthanased every day in 2013

Michael Cook | 30 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
The number of cases of euthanasia in Belgium in 2013 rose by 26.8% over the previous year. Five people died of euthanasia every day.

Leading figure in Belgian euthanasia to tour Auschwitz

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Nazi doctors, Wim Distelmans
The head of Belgium’s euthanasia oversight commission, Dr Wim Distelmans, will lead a study tour of Auschwitz in October.

Are cracks appearing in Belgians’ attitude on euthanasia?

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
A second official complaint has been filed against the chairman of the Belgium committee which regulates euthanasia for euthanasing a woman suffering from depression.

US bioethicists take Belgian child euthanasia to task

Michael Cook | 27 April 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, child euthanasia, euthanasia
Three American bioethicists have criticised Belgium’s new law permitting children with a terminal illness to choose euthanasia

Nutrition and hydration often withdrawn without consent in Belgium

Xavier Symons | 22 March 2014 | Comments
tags: artificial nutrition and hydration, assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia
A recent study in the Journal of Medical Ethics has found that in Belgium decisions to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) rarely involve patient consent.

Official complaint lodged against leading Belgian euthanasia doctor

Michael Cook | 23 February 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
After 11 years of participation in euthanasia, an official complaint has finally been lodged with the Belgian Medical Association against the leading practitioner in Belgium, Dr Wim Distelmans.

Belgian lower house passes child euthanasia bill

Michael Cook | 16 February 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Supporters claim that the measure is safe and that kids can give informed consent

Child euthanasia law expected this week in Belgium

Michael Cook | 08 February 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, child euthanasia, euthanasia
But the bill has been condemned by members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

More questions about Belgian euthanasia

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, informed consent, terminal sedation
A puzzling study from Belgium suggests that in nearly 80% of terminal sedations in Flanders, there was no explicit consent.

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