Proposed Bill on Euthanasia - Doctors' comments invited
Background: In 2011, Supreme Court passed a landmark judgment in the Aruna Shanbaug case allowing withdrawal of life support to Aruna who had been in a vegetative state for 42 years. Last week, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has proposed a draft bill titled 'Terminally Ill Patients (protection of patients and medical practitioners) Bill' on passive euthanasia that gives terminally ill patients the right to "withhold or withdraw medical treatment to herself or himself" and "allow nature to take its own course".
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Euthanasia is an extremely sensitive issue and as Doctors, you have seen it from the closest quarters. Your opinion is vital in shaping the nation's policy. We invite you to show your support or objection to the proposed bill and share your suggestions, if any, in this form - http://goo.gl/forms/zV9VZjLnuk.
The Ministry is inviting comments till June 19th. PlexusMD shall collate all users' feedback and share the same with the Ministry.