Misinformation in passive euthanasia leads to 10 years of imprisonment and fine up to 1 crore.
Hospitals have to set up approval committees for considering cases of passive euthanasia, and any distortion of facts before such panels may lead to a maximum of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to Rs 1 crore, a redrafted bill states.
What is the function of the panel?
The panels will decide on applications of ‘living will’, a written document that allows patients to explicitly state their desire against life-prolonging measures when recovery is not possible from a terminal condition.
‘’Management of Patients with Terminal Illness-Withdrawal of Medical Life Support Bill” states that all super-speciality hospitals should have approval committees on passive euthanasia which will decide on the applications for the execution of a ‘living will’. The redrafted bill terms death from passive euthanasia a ‘natural death’.
Passive Euthanasia Vs Active Euthanasia
Passive euthanasia involves giving the right to patients to withhold medical treatment or life support system in the face of an irreversible terminal illness, while active euthanasia is the acceleration of death using injections or overdose of drugs
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare- J.P Nadda
Minister of state for health- Faggan Singh Kulaste, Anupriya Patel
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