Jo Cartwright
Dignity in Dying campaigns to alleviate unnecessary suffering at the end of life by promoting greater choice, control, protection and access to services – including a change in the law to allow assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults, within strict legal safeguards.
Jo Cartwright has worked in various roles at Dignity in Dying over the last six years, having started as a campaigns intern in 2005. Jo is now responsible for both social and traditional media relations, as well as looking after Dignity in Dying’s Patrons. When not working you can find Jo at home with Crumpets the house-rabbit.

Entries by Jo Cartwright

The Ground Is Shifting on Assisted Dying

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (15:09)

Over the weekend the ground has shifted on the issue of assisted dying for terminally ill people. Historically, opponents to change have argued that the seeming monolithic opposition from medics, disabled groups and religious groups trumps the views of the public, of which every opinion poll shows a...

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Assisted Dying - Who Makes the Final Decision?

(11) Comments | Posted 11 February 2014 | (23:00)

When publisher Peter Owen approached me with a proposal to put together a book looking at the issue of assisted dying, I imagined it would be a big job. I had no idea. Working with Dignity in Dying Patron Lesley Close, we came up with something that had...

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Assisted Dying Campaign Is for Life, for Too Many

(1) Comments | Posted 21 December 2012 | (10:27)

It struck me at a Dignity in Dying event earlier this month, as I looked around me and saw an international film star, a best-selling author and an award winning actress - that although I assure our patrons that we don't expect a lot of them - we do in...

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Assisted Dying: An Issue of Conscience for MPs

(3) Comments | Posted 19 March 2012 | (23:00)

Assisted suicide and the law that governs compassionate acts to assist another to die at their request will be debated in the House of Commons on 27 March at a Backbench Business Committee debate secured by Richard Ottaway MP.

Despite these issues being high on...

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Assisted Dying: Protecting Those Who Want More Control at the End of Their Lives

(3) Comments | Posted 5 January 2012 | (10:29)

The Commission on Assisted Dying; a panel of experts ranging from doctors to lawyers, and disability campaigners to parliamentarians, have today published their findings following a 12 month consultation period. We are pleased that they have concluded with recommendations for a framework which would allow safe assisted dying...

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Do not Resuscitate

(1) Comments | Posted 19 September 2011 | (10:27)

The use of Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Orders (DNAR) has received a fair amount of coverage in recent weeks, and will be discussed on today's One Show (on BBC1 at 7pm). It's a sobering subject but one of huge importance.

The law allows us all to...

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What Has Assisted Dying Got to do With You?

(4) Comments | Posted 3 August 2011 | (09:11)

Greater end-of-life choice has been on the agenda for some time, but has really picked up momentum in the last decade with high profile court cases, advance decisions to refuse treatment at the end of life being recognised in statue, via the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and the

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