Assisted Dying

English Law on Euthanasia Needs Clarifying

Nick Cartwright | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Nick Cartwright

I am not, on this occasion, calling for the legalisation of physician assisted dying. The point I am trying to make is that English law is a mess which leads to secretive practices and a lack of clarity. Wherever the law decides to draw the line between what is lawful and what isn't that line should be clearly drawn so we all know with certainty what our rights are.

Watch Out, the Californian Death Cult Is Upon Us, Apparently

Sam Dick | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Sam Dick

Change will come, California proves that. It's just a matter of when and who will be the last opponent standing.

We Need Support for Those Whose Loved Ones Have to Go to Switzerland to Die

Lesley Close | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Lesley Close

Watching How to Die: Simon's Choice on BBC2 last night has brought back a lot of memories for us. We too have direct experience of accompanying loved ones to have an assisted death. It is a difficult and unique experience that poses many challenging questions, something that Mr Binner's wife Debbie has spoken eloquently about in the last few days.

In Defense of the Liverpool Care Pathway

Nick Cartwright | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Cartwright

It was announced in the media, to general applause, that after the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was subjected to almost universal criticism NICE have ...

No Ordinary Debate, No Ordinary Day in Parliament, No Ordinary Decision

Fiona Bruce | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

Our challenge now is to ensure that the right solution to caring for our elderly and vulnerable, which is investing much more in palliative and holistic end of life care, is not just talked about but implemented.

Assisted Dying Bill: An Interesting Failure of Representative Politics

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Godfrey Bloom

These are deep waters for humankind yet on the anti side accusations were being made by crude use of semantics, those in favour of assisted suicide were accused of being weird or ghoulish , usually by those who had not to their immense good fortune yet experienced the lingering painful death of a loved one.

We Should Be Pushing for Better Assisted Living, Not Assisted Dying

Liz Carr | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK
Liz Carr

We would all prefer a pain free death with dignity. But this law is not the way to achieve it. Anyone can have worth and dignity if they have proper care and support - and that's what we should be pushing for. Assisted living not assisted dying.

MPs To Debate 'Ethical Rubicon' Of Right To Die

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK

In a landmark debate, politicians are due to discuss the right to die for the first time in almost 20 years today. MPs will discuss the Assisted Dy...

Our Current Assisted Dying Law Is a Mess - MPs Cannot Continue to Turn a Blind Eye

Karin Smyth | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Karin Smyth

The Assisted Dying Bill seeks to establish the principle that terminally ill people can be afforded choice and dignity whilst reducing suffering for dying people who want to control how and when they die. It merits support from all sides.

The Assisted Dying Bill Doesn't Make Sense

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The Assisted Dying Bill is a significant step backwards. When we strip away its euphemisms it is a law to help people who are frightened of pain or disability to achieve a quicker end to their life, with the support of a doctor. It undermines our respect for human life, encourages a disrespectful attitude to people with disabilities and fundamentally changes the role of the doctor.

It Is Impossible to Justify the Continuation of Our Unjust Laws on Assisted Dying

Keir Starmer | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Keir Starmer

Parliament has the opportunity to re-balance our law in this difficult and sensitive area. Unless we revert to a position of a blanket prohibition of any assistance even for those with a voluntary, clear, settled and informed decision to end their lives, we have to recognise and accept their desire for professional help from medical practitioners rather than amateur help from loved ones.

The Commons Must Balance the Wider Risks of the Assisted Dying Bill

Sarah Wollaston | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Wollaston

People who are able to make decisions for themselves already have the right to do so in all other aspects of their healthcare. Campaigners argue that to refuse access to assisted dying is to deny our fundamental right to self determination. Parliament has a duty however, to balance the rights of the individual against the wider impact on others and to consider the unintended harms as well as the benefits.

Why 'Assisted Dying' Is Not a Progressive Policy

Richard Chapman | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Richard Chapman

The Assisted Dying Bill would put in place a framework that would not be progressive for those most in need of care and protection. Pitched as offering empowerment for the many, instead it risks the creation of a more hostile environment for the most vulnerable as the price of comfort for the few.

Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

As the House of Commons vote on the First Reading of Rob Marris' Assisted Dying bill comes near, I feel it is time for another article on what is a ve...

Assisted Dying: Why Are Some Religious Leaders Against It?

Bob Morgan | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Bob Morgan

I suppose it comes down to this - I don't believe in any god or an afterlife and so I don't want to be deprived of an opportunity to avoid unnecessary suffering at the end of my life because someone else might think my suffering would be good thing.

Muslim, Sikh, Christian And Jewish Leaders Oppose Assisted Dying Law

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK

The UK will cross a "legal and ethical Rubicon" if Parliament votes to let terminally ill patients end their lives, the Archbishop of Canterbury warne...

Appointments With Death

John Watson | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK
John Watson

Prosecutions for assisting or encouraging suicide are very rare indeed and Sir Keir Starmer's remark that during his tenure as Director of Public Pros...

Mum Wanted to Die So She Wouldn't Be a Burden - But Convincing Her to Live Gave Us Both a Gift Beyond Measure

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

I will never regret that our law protected her; preventing her from ending her life when she was vulnerable to despair. Those four years we shared were the most precious gift. Without them, Mum would have missed what she described as some of the richest times in her life and we would have missed understanding just what an amazing person she was.

Parliament Must Reject Assisted Dying, and Embrace Better End-of-Life Care

Rob Flello | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Flello

The lobby for assisted suicide has had many advantages on its side - not least money and celebrity backers. Doctors, disabled rights activists, and parliaments around the world have all rejected this step, embracing better end-of-life care. The UK Parliament must do the same.

People Shouldn't Have To 'Travel To Switzerland To End Their Lives'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 29.08.2015 | UK

People must be helped to take their own lives without being forced to travel to Switzerland, a former Crown Prosecution Service chief has urged as pol...

Controversial Crowdfunder For Assisted Dying Campaign Raises £3,000 In Three Hours

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK

Dignity In Dying have launched a controversial Crowdfunder to raise money for a series of high-impact advertising boards in central London, ahead of a...

Patrick Stewart Backs Assisted Dying To Prevent 'Torture' Of Terminal Illness

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

Sir Patrick Stewart is supporting the Assisted Dying Bill because to be terminally ill “is a kind of imprisonment and a kind of torture”. The 7...

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

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Ilora Finlay

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?

Palliative Care Services Reform - England Needs to Heed Its Neighbours

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

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.

The Assisted Dying Bill Brings Danger Not Comfort

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Ilora Finlay

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.