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Monday, May 16, 2016

Allow passive euthanasia? Centre asks for your view

After years of debate and legal battles, the Centre has come up with a draft bill on passive euthanasia that gives a patient the right to “withhold or withdraw medical treatment“ and “allow nature to take its course“.

The health ministry last week uploaded the draft, titled Terminally Ill Patients (protection of patients and medical practitioners) Bill, on its website and has invited comments, via email, from people before June 19, 2016.

The bill protects patients and doctors from liability for with holding or withdrawing treatment and states that palliative care (pain management) can continue. However, the draft has disappointed experts who wanted clarity on the concept of a living will. A living will is “a document in which a person states hisher desire to have or not to have ex traordinary life-prolonging measures when recovery isn't possible from a terminal condition“.

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