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Baroness Ilora Finlay

Co-Chair of Living and Dying Well and Chair Elect of National Council for Palliative Care

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is a practising consultant at Velindre Cancer Hospital, Cardiff, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, where she was Vice-Dean of the School of Medicine until 2005. She was Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and was created a Life Peer in 2001. From 2006 to 2008 she was President of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is currently Co-Chair of Living and Dying Well and Chair Elect of National Council for Palliative Care.

Caring for the Dying Has Taught Me the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

As a society we are clear that suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted. Legalising assisted suicide flies in the face of that. It sends the message that, if you are terminally ill, ending your life is something that society endorses and that you might want to consider. Is that really the kind of society we want?
14/07/2015 22:42 BST

Palliative Care Services Reform - England Needs to Heed Its Neighbours

England has the chance through my Private Member's Bill to improve care. The Bill would require all commissioners to ensure their patient population has access to seven day specialist palliative care services, that patients and their families have a clear point of contact in a crisis, that there is advice available at all times to front line staff caring for dying patients and that such staff have all received core training in good end of life care.
07/07/2015 09:41 BST

The Assisted Dying Bill Brings Danger Not Comfort

I do not doubt the motives of those who are pressing for legislation of this nature but I believe they are profoundly mistaken in believing that such practices can be controlled and vulnerable people protected from harm. We should wake up before it is too late.
23/06/2015 16:51 BST