By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The Dutch media has reported that the Netherlands euthanasia clinic, euthanised 18 people with psychiatric conditions in the first half of this year more than double the number of psychiatric euthanasia deaths in 2014.
In the first six months of this year, 18 people with severe psychiatric problems have been helped to die at a special euthanasia clinic, the NRC said on Thursday.
This is more than double the total figure of 17 in 2014 as a whole, the clinic’s first half figures show.
In addition, almost 100 psychiatric patients are on the waiting list for help, the NRC said. This is because of a shortage of psychiatrists to make the assessments and manage the requests.
The clinic was set up in 2012 to help people whose doctors are unwilling to grant euthanasia requests and operates a nationwide network of teams made up of doctors and nurses.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition predicted that the Dutch euthanasia clinic would focus on people with disabilities, those who lacked mobility and those with psychiatric conditions.
The 2013 Netherlands euthanasia report stated that there were 42 reported euthanasia deaths of people with psychiatric problems and 97 reported euthanasia deaths of people with dementia. The number of reported euthanasia deaths was up by 15% to 4829 in 2013.