According to the latest official statistics, the number of cases of euthanasia increased by 15% between 2012 and 2013, with 4,829 cases being reported. And this increase has continued since 2009, rising from 13% between 2008 and 2009 to 18% between 2010 and 2011.
Most of the cases of euthanasia concern cancer but there were also 97 cases of dementia and 42 psychiatric cases. Euthanasia currently represents 3% of all deaths in the Netherlands.
For Dr. Peter Saunders, however, the official statistics do not reflect reality: “these deaths only represent a fraction of the total number of deaths triggered by Dutch doctors who intentionally assist their patients to die by giving them an overdose of morphine, sedating them and withdrawing hydration“.