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New UAE law allows patients to ‘die naturally’

Sex-changing surgery will also be allowed under the new laws in occurrences when the person’s sex is unclear

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New changes to the law governing health care in the United Arab Emirates permit medical staff to no longer be compelled to resuscitate dying patients, Abdu Dhabi-based daily The National reported on Tuesday.

The new rules will permit doctors to allow for a natural death to occur, as well as abstain from performing CPR on dying patients who are suffering from conditions that are believed to be incurable.

According to the report, the rules state that if all treatments fail or if three doctors advise against resuscitation – a patient will be allowed to die naturally.

Prior to the new changes, doctors were liable if they failed to resuscitate patients.

Nesreen Al Alfi, who was part of task force set up by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi to examine where improvements could be made health care, said “there were challenges in overcoming cultural beliefs.”

Sex-changing surgery will also be allowed under the new laws in occurrences when the person’s sex is unclear.