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Maha medical fraternity welcomes SC ruling on euthanasia

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The medical fraternity in the state today welcomed the Supreme Court's landmark judgment in which it recognised 'living will' made by terminally-ill patients for passive

Dr Abdul Ansari, director of the critical care services of said that the "right to die" was a landmark ruling which would allow people to "die with dignity".

He said, "We come across many terminally ill patients and families who feel burdened and express the feeling to die in peace rather than getting subjected to the dehumanising experience of being stranded on futile life support."


Ansari said that the legal mechanism and the institutional ethical committees need to be strengthened to ensure guidelines were not misused.

Dr Nagraj Huilgol, a noted oncologist and of the 'Society for the Right to Die with Dignity' said that 'living will' was a paradigm shift and it restored the autonomy of decision making to an individual.

Noted of the Dr BS Rajput, said, "Passive is a good decision by the but the latest advancements of medical science like should also be tried as a last measure to give them quality of life."

Dr Shivkumar Utture, (IMA) member and of the Maharashtra Medical Council, also hailed the ruling.

"Giving legal sanction to passive and permitting a person to draft a living will with strict guidelines is an excellent judgment. After this verdict, and living will cannot be misused as there will be strict guidelines," he said.

Dr Roopkuamr Gursahani, from the and Medical Research Centre, said, " does not have a comprehensive law on 'end of life' decision making. The SC judgment is one step forward in handing over control to the individual."

Gursahani added, "As a society we need to normalise and remove the taboo around discussing it. All doctors need to be aware of the basic principles of palliative care so that we can offer care when cure is no longer possible.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 18:55 IST
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