Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Doctors admit euthanasia being applied in Czech hospitals

The following article refers to the abuse of morphine in order to cause the death of people in the Czech Republic.

Once again this article depicts a false compassion. A true compassion would lead to a better training in the proper use of analgesics so that physicians stop feeling that they need to abuse the use of morphine.

Further to that, the article presents a very sloppy system for caring for people who are supposedly in the dying phase. People should never be viewed as simply bodies needing an overdose, etc but rather as people who are in need of good and proper care.

I really hope that this article is an exageration of the reality.

Alex Schadenberg

Doctors admit euthanasia being applied in Czech hospitals

Prague - Some doctors admit that euthanasia is being applied in the Czech Republic not to prolong patients' sufferings in hopeless cases, though it is officially illegal, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) reports today.

It is called "wild euthanasia" and it means that doctors intentionally provide the treatment that leads to the patient's death with the aim to terminate his/her suffering, doctor Zdenek Kalvacha told MfD.

A doctor, for instance, administers higher morphine doses to a patient dying of cancer, the daily adds.

MfD writes that some other doctors, too, admit a similar practice in Czech hospitals.

Being asked at a recent meeting of the Czech Doctors' Academy whether someone is convinced that euthanasia is not applied in the Czech Republic, no doctor raised his hand, MfD says.

Many doctors say the rules should be specified for the cases of patients whose further medical treatment is pointless and whose death is inevitable, the daily adds.

Political parties, too, are considering drafting such rules, the paper adds.

The Senate, upper house of Czech parliament rejected the legalisation of euthanasia last September.

Senator Vaclava Domsova (Independents' Association-European Democrats/SNS-ED) submitted a bill on "dignified death" but the upper house turned it down. Its critics, mainly doctors, warned that the bill would legalise intentional killing and could be abused.

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