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Br J Gen Pract. 2006 October 1; 56(531): 797–798.
PMCID: PMC1920726

Euthanasia abroad

David Garwood, Full-time Partner in General Practice

Rhona Knight1 forms an interesting hypothesis in her letter and I think her opening point answers the question in her final paragraph. I would like to further the perspectives on this debate, the arguments about which do not seem to have progressed for decades. The point being that this country already condones assisted suicide. In that it allows patients to be taken,2 aided and abetted dare I say, to Switzerland where the distressed patient is helped to commit suicide. Now, whether you prefer to sit on the fence or shout from the other side, this activity continues and hardly provides a compassionate backdrop to the debate. Part of the call for a change in the law is to allow some of these people the satisfaction of dying in their own beds rather than in a shabby apartment abroad.3


1. Knight R. Euthanasia. Br J Gen Pract. 2006;56:540. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. Re Z. (An Adult: capacity) [2004] EWHC 2817 FAM.
3. Chapman C. Neighbours complain about Dignitas clinic's bodies in lift. BMJ. 2006;332:1292.

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