Rarely, euthanasia in advanced dementia despite wilsverklaring
Although the ministers of HEALTH, welfare and sport and Security and Justice at the end of 2015, said that euthanasia is allowed in advanced dementia on the basis of a previously distance wilsverklaring, will find this kind of help at levensbeëindiging almost never takes place.
“There is no question of growth”, says Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Regional review boards, Euthanasia (RTE) against the Volkskrant. Until now there are only three known cases.
For many doctors, it is unclear what may and may not do. In 2012, physicians ‘ organisation KNMG own rules that are stricter than the legal requirements. The end of 2015, decided the ministers to provide greater clarity by stating that euthanasia is permitted on the basis of a wilsverklaring and if there is unbearable suffering.
The problem is, according to Kohnstamm that “hopeless and unbearable suffering for these patients often is not fixed.” The director of the Dutch Association for a Voluntary end of Life, calls it disappointing that people who, with their full sense a wilsverklaring have signed proves difficult to euthanasia to commit.