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UAE said to plan 'right-to-die' law

Doctors may no longer be compelled to resuscitate patients under legal reforms

UAE said to plan 'right-to-die' law

Medical staff will reportedly no longer have to resuscitate dying patients under proposed changes to UAE healthcare legislation.

The changes follow a report in April by a task force on palliative care set up by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi, according to The National.

Under existing criminal laws in the UAE, any doctor who fails to resuscitate a patient can be prosecuted.

However, under the proposals reported by the newspaper, a patient would be permitted to die naturally if all treatment has failed or at least three doctors have advised against resuscitation.

Task force member Nesreen Al Alfi, who works at the Fatima College for Health Care Sciences in Abu Dhabi, was quoted as saying there were challenges in overcoming cultural beliefs on death and permitted dying.

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