Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Doctors Who Refuse To Kill Patients

DOCTORS who refuse to help terminally ill patients to kill themselves when they request to die are "genuinely wicked", a leading ethics expert has told a public debate in Belfast.

Speaking in favour of euthanasia, Baroness Mary Warnock also said that doctors and nurses should encourage terminally ill patients to decide, while still relatively healthy, whether to be helped commit suicide when they reach a seriously ill state.

Baroness Warnock, who last year caused worldwide controversy when she said that some dementia patients had a "duty" to seek death, said last night: "I think that people should be able to beseech their doctors, nurses to end their life when it is no longer worth living (in the patient's eyes]." -
It's a doctor's duty to, uh, not harm a patient.

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