RIGHT TO A DIGNIFIED DEATH

The Junta de Andalucia presented its draft law for the right to a dignified death last week, which does not include what is referred to as “active” euthanasia that is, doctors will not be forced to help the patient die. However, when the law comes into force – towards the end of next year – patients will have the right to reject treatments aimed at prolonging their life, although they will be able to demand painkilling drugs. They will also have the right to ask for a comprehensible, detailed report of their illness in order to help them make the decision. When the patient is hospitalised, the family will have the right to ask for an individual room so that they can accompany their loved one to the end.

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