Hear from Someone with Family in the Netherlands
Esteemed members of the select committee, I would like to relate to you the experiences we had while travelling overseas to the Netherlands. My mother, who is ninety years old, resides in a nursing home in the rural town of Sneek. We have spoken to members of our families, nurses and health professionals involved in the care of some of our older members of the family. We were disturbed at the attitude of some of the nurses and doctors we spoke to in relation to euthanasia. I would say that roughly half of them had the attitude that euthanasia would be a serious option for a range of people:
- those who were considered too old to receive expensive treatments
- those who had only a couple of months to live and took up a bed that could be used for someone who had a better chance of survival
- mentally disturbed patients
My mum takes up two of the categories having Alzheimer’s and being ninety years old. We spoke to the staff and management of the home and were assured that since we had requested this my Mum would not be transferred to a local hospital where these conditions were considered as options for euthanasia if the hospital was really busy and they needed the bed.
Please do not change the legislation because speaking to nurses and some health professionals in this country the same attitudes are present. Please consider the vulnerable in our society as they don't have a voice.
Respectfully submitted for your consideration.