Head of Portuguese nurses association says euthanasia “is sometimes practiced in the health service hospitals”

By Dave Andrusko

Ana Rita Cavaco

Ana Rita Cavaco

The Portuguese press reported Thursday that the Portuguese Medical association says it will file charges with the public prosecutor and the health inspectorate against Ana Rita Cavaco, the leader of the nurses association.

Appearing last Saturday on the radio program “Em nome da lei,” broadcast by Rádio Renascença, Ms. Cavaco said that euthanasia “is sometimes practiced in the health service hospitals, with doctors suggesting this solution for some patients.”

According to the Portugal News

The medical association issued a statement on Monday saying this affirmation was “very serious” and that it was going to send a copy of her statements to the proper authorities to open “the necessary proceedings”.

The national doctors’ associations said the claims were “extraordinarily serious” because they suggested that crimes were being covered up,” the Associated Press reported.

Referring to state health service hospitals Cavaco said last weekend that she had seen situations where doctors suggested giving insulin to terminal patients to cause coma and death.

“I have personally witnessed such situations – I don’t need to look for further other examples. I have seen cases where doctors have suggested administering insulin to induce an insulin coma. I am not going to shock anybody as everyone who works in the health service knows these things happen out of sight and sound, so let’s talk about it openly.”

The Portugal News noted that the medical association said it was

unaware of any specific cases of “explicit or undercover euthanasia in the national health service or any other health institutions” and that the Portuguese should continue to have complete confidence in the health professionals.

The order went on to say that “regardless of individual positions regarding the legalisation of euthanasia, the content of the declarations was particularly serious as it involved doctors and nurses in the alleged undercover crime of homicide in hospitals.”