Euthanasia units at work

THE HAGUE. Six specialised teams, each with a doctor, are criss-crossing the Netherlands to carry out euthanasia on patients at home whose own doctors refuse to do so.

The plan, by the Right to Die-NL (NVVE), has led to one of the Netherlands' largest lobby groups for doctors questioning whether ''Life-end clinic'' doctors would be able to form a close enough relationship with a patient to assess if their life should be ended.

Made up of a specially-trained doctor and nurse who will work part-time for the Life-end clinic initiative, teams will be able to visit patients all over the country.

In April 2002 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia.