Dutch Health Minister calls for tighter euthanasia guidelines

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Edith Schippers,

Edith Schippers,

Dutch Health Minister, Edith Schippers, reacted to comments by Professor Theo Boer by calling for tighter guidelines for euthanasia. Boer, an ethicist who was a member of a Euthanasia Review Committee for 9 years and oversaw more than 4000 euthanasia cases in the Netherlands.

Recently Boer wrote an article calling for reform of the Dutch euthanasia law. Boer stated that euthanasia is being granted to people who have years to live. 

The media reported that Schippers is calling for tighter guidelines on euthanasia. The article stated:

Minister Schippers wants a geriatrician to be always involved in euthanasia of people with dementia and in the case of psychiatric patients a psychiatrist must always play a role. The latter often happens in practice though, but it should be according to Schippers clearly laid down in guidelines.

Schipper also wants: 

 a second specialist to always be involved in complex euthanasia cases.

Last July Boer wrote an article opposing euthanasia where he stated:

Link to the full article.