Strong criticism of new euthanasia plans for old people

Health Minister Huml criticizes Dutch euthanasia plans
In Germany, facilities for active euthanasia are prohibited. However, suicide assistance is available in other countries, including the Netherlands. Bavaria's Minister of Health has now criticized further plans that are being forged in the neighboring country.

Clear no to euthanasia
In Germany there has been controversial discussion about the issue of euthanasia for years. Last year, a survey of oncologists found that many of them would be willing to help suicide in an emergency. Other experts, such as the German Medical Association, stick to their clear no to euthanasia. The situation is different in some of our neighboring countries. For example, euthanasia has recently been used on a child in Belgium. Active euthanasia is also permitted in certain institutions in the Netherlands.

Health Minister speaks of a dangerous wrong way
The Dutch government wants to make active euthanasia possible for older people in the future. Since people could suffer unbearably and hopelessly even without a serious illness, this could be a legitimate reason for euthanasia. A majority of parliament welcomed the plan.

Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml has sharply criticized the Dutch government's euthanasia plans. “The initiative to enable tired old people to die is a dangerous mistake. Because that could make old people feel pressured. They must not be indirectly given the feeling that they are a burden on society, ”said the CSU politician.

Cry for help from those affected
Huml continues: “Dying should be seen more as part of life - as a process that should neither be artificially extended nor shortened. That is why I will continue to work against active euthanasia - and also against organized assisted suicide. "

The minister added: “The desire for euthanasia is often a cry for help from those affected. In this situation they have to be shown that they are not left alone. It is important to be able to live a dignified life to the very end for all people. This also applies to the very seriously ill. That is why we are further expanding palliative and hospice care in Bavaria. ”

Improvement of hospice and palliative care
Just last year, the Bundestag decided to improve hospice and palliative care. There are currently a total of 99 hospitals in palliative care structures in Bavaria. In addition, a total of 40 teams of specialized outpatient palliative care (SAPV) for adults are active in the Free State. In the inpatient area, Bavaria currently has 18 hospices with 186 places as well as an inpatient children's hospice. (ad)

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