Thursday, October 20, 2011

UK: Nurses Not To Discuss Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia With Patients

This is as it should be - UK nurses have been told that because assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal, they may not discuss these options with patients - even if the issue is raised by the patient. So far, so good. Prediction 1: Sooner or later a pro-death nurse will go public admitting encouraging a patient to die via assisted suicide or euthanasia, thereby putting the authorities on the spot. Prediction 2: The authorities will be the first to blink and not prosecute.
Don't mention Dignitas: Nurses warned they could be jailed for talking about assisted suicide
Nurses will be told they could go to prison for talking to patients about assisted dying.
They will be warned they face prosecution if they are found to have discussed any aspect of euthanasia with a patient who goes on to commit suicide.
The new Royal College of Nursing guidelines will remind staff that it is illegal to offer information about assisted dying – including contact details for the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland – in case it is seen as ‘encouragement’. more

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