Evidence shows not all assisted deaths are requested or reported

By March 29, 2015 Recent News

The Windsor Star 29 March 2015
In his righteous indignation, Gifford-Jones claims that: “Nor is there any evidence that the elderly, those with disabilities or those who simply do not want to be part of assisted death, have ever been forced to seek it.”
In 2002, Belgium legalized assisted death, giving doctors the right in law to lethally inject patients. Three studies concerning the experience with assisted death in Belgium clearly indicate that Gifford-Jones is wrong.
The first study (Canadian Medical Association Journal June 2010) found that 32 per cent of those who died by assisted death did not request it. The second study (CMAJ June 2010) found that in 45 per cent of the assisted deaths that nurses were involved with, the person who died didn’t request it.
The third study (British Medical Journal, October 2010) found that 47.2 per cent of all assisted deaths were not reported.
When analyzing the data from the studies, all of the studies found that those who died by an assisted death without request or without reporting it tended to be over the age of 80, incompetent to make a decision for themselves, had an unpredictable end-of-life trajectory and died in a hospital.