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Brits only go to Switzerland for assisted suicide

 
 
Cheers4
 
Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2015 07:16 am
Why not Belgium or Netherlands? The EU has no borders; EU law is strict against discrimination based on nationality
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2015 07:29 am
@Cheers4,
Just as a reminder: Switzerland isn't a member country of the European Union.

Assisted suicide isn't legal in Belgium but (besides in Switzerland) inthe Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Besides that: how is "discrimination based on nationality" here?
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2015 07:59 am
Seems to me Cheers4 is suffering from some kind of cognitive failure, or is trolling.
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darkakari
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2015 10:33 pm
@Cheers4,
Because its to easy in brit
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Cheers4
 
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Reply Sun 30 Aug, 2015 03:54 am
I heard Holland doesn't allow UK citizens so I am asking if it is legal in EU for them to deny UK citizens. Here in UK it is always on news of a Brit going to Dignitas, never Holland.
Anyone who reads this know why?
If you don't know, don't feel forced to answer. It will be very ok if you do not
saab
 
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Reply Sun 30 Aug, 2015 04:07 am
@Cheers4,
It might have to do with having to have a permanent address in Holland and not just come to die. If that is the case it has nothing to do with what citizenship you have.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthanasia_in_the_Netherlands
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 30 Aug, 2015 04:38 am
@saab,
It certainly has to do with a permanent address in the Netherlands - that's what noted in the Uitvoering euthanasie en hulp bij zelfdoding (2012), but was already part of the original Standaard Euthanatica.

Luxembourg's law is very similar (Les soins palliatifs, l’accompagnement en fin de vie et la directive anticipée)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 30 Aug, 2015 05:13 am
@Walter Hinteler,
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The act is only applicable to people who have a medical relationship with a physician who is subject to Dutch law. This means that people who do not reside in the Netherlands cannot apply for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide under the Act.
Source: NVVE - Nederlandse Vereniging voor Endodontologie . (Generall information >here<

Since the German health system in a bit better in some ways (especially re waiting time and the free choose of hospitals and specialists) than the one in the Netherlands, many Dutch physicians have there practises in Germany in the border regions. These means, however, that Dutch citizens (mainly/only their patients) can't ask them for assisted suicide.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 30 Aug, 2015 07:47 am
Besides all this, I think many British people go to Switzerland to ski or go hiking, or for business meetings, or world conferences.




(see thread title)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 30 Aug, 2015 08:50 am
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:
I think many British people go to Switzerland to ski or go hiking,
It might well be that they discriminated by Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, Italy, France to name the other countries which are part of the Alpine region. (Liechtenstein like Switzerland not being an EU-country.)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 30 Aug, 2015 08:58 am
@Walter Hinteler,
As an aside: People should not have 'traipse off to Switzerland to kill themselves', says former chief prosecutor
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Since draft guidelines were introduced in 2009, the CPS has received files on 110 cases of assisted suicide. 70 of these cases were not taken forward by prosecutors and 25 were dropped by police. The others are still being considered.

Only one case in 2013 resulted in prosecution. Assisted suicide is punishable by up to 14 years in jail in England and Wales.

An analysis from the Dignity in Dying campaign group found that 166 Britons went to Dignitas to take their lives in the six years to last December.

Assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal in all European countries apart from Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Sir Keir will outline the case for reform at a seminar on September 8, hosted by Dignity in Dying in Westminster.

Sir Keir’s comments come before Lord Falconer of Thoroton’s Assisted Suicide Bill returns to parliament on Spetember 11, after running out of time in the last parliament.
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