Jo Cartwright

Press and Campaigns Manager for Dignity in Dying

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.
The Ground Is Shifting on Assisted

The Ground Is Shifting on Assisted Dying

The reason it appeared that disabled people, healthcare professionals and people of faith were opposed to a change in the law was that leaders of these groups were unfairly misrepresenting the majority... This Friday these issues will be discussed at length in the House of Lords.
15/07/2014 11:19 BST
Assisted Dying - Who Makes the Final

Assisted Dying - Who Makes the Final Decision?

Assisted dying was an idea I was aware of as I was growing up and one which seemed to make logical sense - if you are dying you should have control over the suffering that sometimes comes with that process. Then, at university, I worked as a healthcare assistant, mainly in palliative care. It was then I was forced to face the reality of our current cruel laws.
11/02/2014 16:58 GMT
Assisted Dying Campaign Is for Life, for Too

Assisted Dying Campaign Is for Life, for Too Many

We have a problem: people are suffering unbearably and needlessly at the end of life because they don't have the choice of an assisted death. Legalising the choice of assisted dying within strict legal safeguards would provide an answer to a real and present problem - and <a href="http://evidencehttp://www.dignityindying.org.uk/includes/spaw2/uploads/files/A%20matter%20of%20facts%20May%202011.pdf" target="_hplink">evidence</a> from Oregon and Washington proves that this can be achieved safely.
21/12/2012 11:44 GMT
Do not

Do not Resuscitate

The use of Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Orders (DNAR) has received a fair amount of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/08/27/man-sues-hospital-trust-o_n_938787.html" target="_hplink">coverage</a> in recent weeks, and will be discussed on today's <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007tcw7" target="_hplink">One Show</a> (on BBC1 at 7pm). It's a sobering subject but one of huge importance.
19/09/2011 13:18 BST
What Has Assisted Dying Got to do With

What Has Assisted Dying Got to do With You?

As a youngish adult in reasonable health, I am not expecting to be confronting my own death in the near future, I am not currently watching a loved one die and I am not facing a jail term for helping someone to end their suffering. So what's assisted dying got to do with me?
03/08/2011 12:29 BST