Three days after the Supreme Court legalised ‘passive euthanasia’ and creation of living wills, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released a document explaining terms and rules relating to end-of-life care. “The document draws the difference between terms withdrawal, withholding of treatment and passive euthanasia. In the document, euthanasia is defined as ‘the intentional act of killing a dying patient with terminal illness by the direct intervention of a doctor ‘for the purpose of good of the patient’. “The word euthanasia is no longer used in the professional guidelines relating to end-of-life care in developed countries,” he added. “In India, euthanasia is used as a blanket term, not separating it from various choices individuals have as part of end-of-life care.
Source: Hindustan Times March 13, 2018 04:18 UTC