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Mobile euthanasia units launched in Netherlands

Mobile euthanasia units launched in Netherlands

Right to Die follows the govt's decision to legalise euthanasia, making the Netherlands the first country in the world to do so.

London: A controversial mobile euthanasia programme has been launched in the Netherlands, sending specialised teams door-to-door to help patients end their lives, The Independent reported.

The project, which has provoked sharp criticism from doctors, is the brainchild of the Dutch largely donor-funded pro-mercy killing group Right to Die NL.

It follows the government's 2002 decision to legalise euthanasia, making the Netherlands the first country in the world to do so.

Right to Die said it had received 70 phone calls from potential assisted suicide patients since the scheme was announced in early February. It said that its six teams expected to receive around 1,000 requests each year.

The organisation stressed that its mobile units were comprised of doctors and nurses specially trained in performing assisted suicide at its clinic.

It said the procedure involved injecting the patient first with a sleep-inducing drug and then with barbiturates to stop heart and lung function, according to the newspaper on Friday.

first published:March 04, 2012, 09:12 IST