The following letter was published in The Telegraph in response to an article concerning a report that outlined medical abuse of seniors in the UK.
Sir - In an age when we hear endless calls for a “right to die”, you reveal that in many hospitals the obligation to die is being imposed on elderly patients without their knowledge, and without the consent of their relatives, by doctors writing “do not resuscitate” in their notes (report, October 16).
Let us beware campaigns for “assisted suicide”, sugar-coated with reassurances that no one would dream of imposing it on vulnerable patients, backed up by pledges of “strict safeguards”.
Ann FarmerThis letter reminds me of the hollow call by the Quebec College of Physicians and Surgeons stating that we need to legalize euthanasia because it is happening already. The fact is, that if it is happening already it is because physicians are abusing the proper use of medical techniques.
Woodford Green, Essex
We don't legalize killing because of abuse, we make sure that killing is not legalized in order to prevent the ultimate abuse.