Mobile euthanasia clinics in Holland

From Daily Mail:

In particular, increasing numbers of Dutch people with mental illness demand euthanasia. In 2010, two people with such conditions had their lives ended with the figure increasing to 56 last year.

Of those deaths, 36 were conducted by doctors from Amsterdam’s End Of Life clinic which has a lengthy waiting list and sends mobile euthanasia teams across Holland to help patients die in their own homes.

The clinic is run by Steven Pleiter, the former European director of an American IT company, who told me in Amsterdam this week: ‘One of the reasons the clinic was set up was to help the ‘forgotten ones’ who wish for euthanasia but get denied it.

‘This is a huge group: those with dementia, the elderly with no clear medical diagnosis and those with psychological problems.’

Soft-spoken and with the air of a doctor (despite his non-medical background), Pleiter says his clinic had 1,234 applications for help last year, a third of them from people with psychiatric problems.

Significantly, many of the mentally-ill patients had already been rejected for euthanasia by their own GPs. He explained: ‘If someone has cancer and the prognosis is poor, doctors will shorten their suffering by euthanasia.More.

Reality check: Mentally ill people demand all kinds of things. We didn’t used to kill them. Starting tomorrow, this can start happening in Canada. It doesn’t matter what the government says; once euthanasia starts, it follows a logic of its own. This is how Trudeau chooses to balance the budget?

Where were the Tories anyway?

See also: Euthanasia as treatment for mental illness