How many such deaths does he suppose occur in Britain? We have no means of knowing, since here there has never been a comprehensive study of death and dying comparable with the Remmelink Report. The incidence of distressing deaths is likely to be similar in such closely neighbouring countries. Smaller studies in Britain have revealed that doctors help the dying to have a more merciful death here too, but they have to do it furtively. This is where the possibility of abuse arises, not in the openly shared decision-making now legally practised in the Netherlands.
President, European Division
World Federation of Right to Die Societies