The Relationship between Palliative Care and Euthanasia: a comparison of the developments in England and The Netherlands during the Post-War Period by Ellen van Reuler
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The Relationship between Palliative Care and Euthanasia: a comparison of the developments in England and The Netherlands during the Post-War Period
Ellen van Reuler, University of Manchester
A presentation at the BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Symposium, November 2011

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  • 1. The Relationship between PalliativeCare and EuthanasiaA comparison of the developments in Englandand the Netherlands during the post war period Ellen van Reuler University of Manchester Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine vanreuler@alumni.manchester.ac.uk BSA - DDB, London, 21 November 2011
  • 2. Quotes‘Pressure for improved palliative care appears to have evaporated in theNetherlands. Discussion of care for those who are terminally ill isdominated by how and when to extend euthanasia to increasing groupsof patients.’1‘In the Netherlands, the focus on euthanasia as a way of ensuring agood death has reduced the range of other options at the end of life.’2‘The Dutch experience with euthanasia provides a frighteningprecedent. It demonstrates that the absence of the hospice alternativegreatly increases the attractiveness of euthanasia as an option.’31 Hendin, H. in Seduced by Death. Doctors, Patients, and the Dutch Cure (1997, p.214).2 Jeffrey, D. in Against Physician Assisted Suicide. A Palliative Care Perspective (2009, p.70).3 Cundiff , D. in Euthanasia is Not the Answer. A Hospice Physicians View (1992, p.103).
  • 3. Topics- Current positions in the debate- English developments- Comparable problems, but different solutions?- No need for hospices in the Netherlands?- Legalisation of euthanasia driving the provision of palliative care?- Concluding remarks: the benefit of hindsight Thank you for your attention