I read this with disbelief frankly.
The Daily Mail is reporting that as of next month the Dutch will have the world’s first mobile team to administer euthanasia in patients’ homes.
But even more worrying, this team will administer euthanasia in cases where the medical profession refuse to do so on ethical grounds. They will target “borderline” cases in which the GP is reluctant to administer euthanasia. The Federation of Dutch Physicians worry that this may include folk that could be treated.
According to the article, the Dutch law stipulates that a person can only qualify for euthanasia if their suffering is lasting and unbearable. The problem comes when considering the mentally ill.
As I’ve said before, serious depression and – in my opinion – all mental illness has the deceptive insidious capacity to render the sufferer with the belief that their current state of mind, will always be this way, and always has been.
When in the vice-like grip of darkest depression, the simple realisation that this is a phase which will pass is almost impossible to grasp. And when we reflect backwards into the past, all memories are coloured with our present depressed state of mind, giving the illusion that we’ve always been this way.
This phenomenon serves to exacerbate the condition.
And so, if a person is in the grip of severe mental illness, they will readily confirm that their suffering is lasting and unbearable, when in truth they are in a period of crisis which will ease and pass. Of course, the sufferer’s GP will be very aware of this fact and so obviously reluctant to prescribe death, but will these new mobile units recognise this?