Assisted Dying

The British public is unwaveringly in support of greater end of life choice – but medical bodies lag behind their members on this issue
Banning assisted dying in the UK does not make it go away. It is high time MPs looked seriously at this issue again.
I sincerely hope that you will truly listen to our story and see the suffering you are inflicting by upholding the status quo.
She has the words “do not resuscitate” tattooed across her chest.
Although it has been unbearably hard, I have coped with finding out I have secondary breast cancer, chemotherapy, losing all my hair, surgery and radiotherapy. I still love my life, my family and friends and I plan to stay being myself until such time as I can no longer do so. What I find so hard to cope with is that I have no choice about when and how long it will take me to die.
When doctors argue against assisted dying they are ignoring evidence that shows that greater patient choice is key to improving
'The public is wiser and more compassionate than the law.' In The Times's Thunderer column Lucy Wainwright came to this conclusion
The medical profession should not be able to dictate what choices dying people have available to them. This is where the application of searing honesty is needed most. Death is a taboo that doctors need to break for themselves, because society is way ahead of them.
To have the option of an assisted death in this country would relieve intolerable suffering for terminally ill people. It would allow them to wrestle back control from illnesses that are taking everything from them. It would represent true choice at the end of life.
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.