06 Sep '11, 1am

Doctors in Singapore say 'no' to helping patients end their lives

Doctors in Singapore say 'no' to helping patients end their lives

While doctors in Singapore generally have no problems with the concept of withholding and withdrawing treatment from dying patients. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW By Melissa Pang While doctors in Singapore generally have no problems with the concept of withholding and withdrawing treatment from dying patients, some have qualms about doing so for food and water. A study found that the latter proved much more difficult for doctors, morally and emotionally. This was because feeding signified care and the meeting of basic human needs, even when it had to be delivered through tubes. Background story 'I think Christians die peacefully. They are not afraid of dying. They know what's at the other end. Normally those who are very cool about it, they just say bye.' A doctor on how some patients accept death 'It also had a strong emotional significance to most people, both family membe...

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