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                Ron Panzer, President

                Hospice Patients Alliance, Inc.


                (616) 866-9127

            Angels of Death Flourish In Hospice - Four Families Report.

             Hospice Advocacy Group Initiates Letter Writing Campaign


                GRAND RAPIDS, MI - January 8, 2001 -

    The Hospice Patients Alliance has received credible reports about

patients being killed in the hospice setting. Four families have come

forward to publicly protest the untimely death of their loved ones and

seek government intervention to save patients' lives. These patients and

their families expected to receive compassionate care promoting a death

with dignity. Instead, they report that the "Angels of Death" hastened

the death of their loved ones Research summarized in medical journals

(see below) suggests that many hundreds and possibly thousands of

patients in the U.S. may be euthanized without their permission.

    One common method of hospice style euthanasia is to sedate the

patient into a medically-induced coma and then either shut down the

breathing through the over-administration of a narcotic like morphine or

let the patient die of dehydration while in the prolonged coma (known as

"terminal sedation"). A second method is to withhold needed care to

treat an infection, letting the patient die of massive systemic

infection. A decision to sedate and overdose is a decision to kill. A

decision not to treat is a decision to create a situation in which the

patient will die sooner than expected from a terminal illness.

When patients receive a terminal diagnosis, physicians often

recommend hospice care as a way of assuring a "death with dignity."

However, patients cannot be sure whether they will be cared for or

hastened to an untimely death. The resistance of some patients to be

placed in hospice is in many cases due to their gut intuition that they

may be euthanized rather than cared for ... and they would be correct in

some hospice settings.

The US Office of Inspector General and state enforcement agencies

confirm that chronically ill patients are sometimes fraudulently

enrolled in hospices. In some cases, these chronically ill patients may

be terminated after they have served as revenue sources for the


    While major hospice lobbying groups and agency organizations

publicly deny that there are major problems in the industry, the Hospice

Patients Alliance continues to receive complaints from the public about

abominable hospice care. Privately, physicians and hospice staff may be

aware of the problems, but assure the public that such problems "are


             Nationwide Letter-Writing Campaign Begun

Hospice Patients Alliance has initiated a nationwide letter writing

campaign to protest involuntary euthanasias and to encourage prosecution

of those who terminate the life of a vulnerable patient. Involuntary

euthanasia is the medical killing of a patient without the patient's

permission and in some cases without the patient's knowledge. Medical

killing of patients is illegal in every state, however prosecutors have

shied away from bringing charges when the killing occurs in a hospice

setting. If prosecutors do not act for crimes committed in hospice

settings, then hospice may become the "killing field" where unwanted

chronically ill can be terminated or where criminals may have a license

to kill (with no consequences). Some of the families have reported that

their loved one's medical records were falsified by the hospices.

    This campaign is not about physician-assisted suicide which would

involve terminating a patient's life at the patients request. This is

about the obviously illegal killing of patients against their will, ...

patients who in some cases begged to be allowed to live and not be


    The letter writing campaign will begin on January 25th after the the

new U.S. administration is in place. The goal is to reform the health

care system to stop such medical killings from occurring and especially

to improve hospice care for all. Information about the letter writing

campaign along with suggested addresses is found at

    District Attorneys in California, southern Georgia and Maryland


     Hospice Patients Alliance is carefully monitoring developments

involving the four bereaved families that have approached local district

attorneys for a fair and impartial investigation of the alleged medical

killings of their loved ones. In Santa Ana and Los Angeles counties in

California, Wayne County in Southern Georgia, and Anne Arundel County in

Maryland, families report that local District Attorneys have not yet

charged anyone in the alleged killing of their loved ones ... even

though in some cases, many months have passed by with no action by the

DAs. Whether political "strings" will be pulled by the hospices to block

police from doing a full and impartial investigation in these cases

remains to be seen.

The Hospice Patients Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit charitable

organization offering information and assistance to hospice patients,

families and caregivers nationwide. For more information, visit Hospice

Patients Alliance or call [616] 866-9127.

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