Assisted Suicide

Businessman Uses LinkedIn To Announce His Death And Funeral Date

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

A terminally ill businessman is expected to die today after using professional networking site LinkedIn to announce his death and the date of his fune...

Assisted Dying Bill: An Interesting Failure of Representative Politics

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 12.09.2015 | 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.

It's Time the Well Stop Telling the Dying How to Die

Bex Felton | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Bex Felton

When my dad first asked us to bring him a Brompton cocktail after two months in the same bed at the specialist respiratory ward, we figured he'd final...

The Waugh Zone September 11, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday September 11, 2015... 1) FORWARD, NOT BACK? It was Jeremy Corbyn’s 99th rally l...

The Assisted Dying Bill Doesn't Make Sense

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 10.09.2015 | 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.

Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.09.2015 | 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...

Life or Death Bill

Grace Thompson | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Thompson

On Friday 11 September, MPs will be voting on a bill. A bill which has had little media attention. A bill which has been introduced by a relatively unknown Labour MP - Rob Marris. And yet a bill which, if passed, will have profound implications for people up and down the country. It is a bill dealing with matters of life and death.

Appointments With Death

John Watson | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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.

The Forgotten Issue Behind An Assisted Suicide

Alan Mckenna | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Alan Mckenna

Unlike the campaign for legalising assisted suicide, the campaign for sustainable long term funding for medical research into mesothelioma has struggled to attract publicity, even though it is aimed at finding solutions so that victims such as Bob Cole may have the possibility of an extended life worth living.

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 14.07.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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.

Does the Public Really Understand the 'Right to Die' Debate?

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

With the prospect of Rob Marris MP's private members bill bringing the possibility of legislation to legalise 'Assisted Dying' back on the table, the question must be asked, does the general public really understand the implications of what this means for everyone involved?

Assisted Dying Could Soon Be Legal In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics

Terminally ill people could soon be legally allowed to choose when to die thanks to landmark legislation being put before Parliament. Rob Marris, L...

Stephen Hawking Would Consider Assisted Suicide If He Became A Burden To His Loved Ones

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed he would consider assisted suicide – but not before he has “unravelled more of the universe”. The phy...

Plight Of Dignitas 'Last Supper' Dad Has Reignited Assisted Dying Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics

Senior politicians are calling for the legalisation of assisted dying, after the high-profile case of Jeffrey Spector, a British man who travelled to ...

Dignitas 'Last Supper' Dad Said Choice To Die Was In His Family's 'Best Interests'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

A British father who chose to end his life at the Swiss suicide clinic Dignitas said that his choice was in the "best interests" of his wife and three...

Sir Bruce Forsyth Speaks Out In Support Of Assisted Dying

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sir Bruce Forsyth has spoken out in support of assisted dying, saying that if he had Alzheimer’s disease or dementia he would would like the right t...

Assisted Dying is Just Wrong

Simon Stevens | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

When a sick or disabled person commits suicide, the rules change. There is an unspoken assumption they had a valid reason to do so with people remarking they are probably better off now.

Our Right to Choose When We Die Is Widely Curtailed for Very Good Reasons

Michael Wenham | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Michael Wenham

The truth is our right to choose is widely curtailed for very good reasons. We're not free to drive as fast as we choose, or in what direction we choose, or to smoke wherever we choose. The reason is the public good, to protect the vulnerable. It's simply untrue that suicide affects no one else. Nor is it true that assisted dying is a purely personal matter.

The Welfare Debate Impacts the Assisting Dying Debate

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

Securing a positive future for all sick and disabled people will not come from dirty politics and cheap headlines, but rather it will come from putting our differences aside and digging deep to reveal and challenge the prejudices against us, even those from within, that have existed since we were living in caves. Only by doing this will the issues of welfare and assisting dying be framed in a new and positive way.

Terminally Ill Brittany Maynard's Decision To End Her Own Life Was 'Reprehensible'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

A Vatican official has described the assisted suicide of a woman suffering from terminal brain cancer as “reprehensible”. Newlywed Brittany Ma...

Until You've Wheeled a Mile In My Shoes...

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Please before you pass judgement on anyone's quality of life, stop and think. Don't just claim "I couldn't cope", as I really think you could. Pain, like many other trials in life, can be beaten. It can be medically treated and psychologically mastered, with help, and so we need to have a sensible debate on quality of life before we go any further down a road that may be very hard to come back from.