Death comes eventually to all of us, and most people want to be allowed to die quietly and easily. Unfortunately the dying process often means a lot of pain and distress to ourselves and those around us. End of life choices for a dignified death should be a right for all.
National Right to Life News Yes, the “slippery slope” is real, says assisted suicide supporter BioEdge Claudia Carr, of the University of Hertfordshire, told the first Global Conference on Suicide, Self-Harm and Assisted Dying in Athens
The Scottish Older People’s Assembly is a “voice” for older people.
It is a mutual way to raise concerns to the Scottish and Westminster Governments. The Assembly supports or challenges legislation and policies which affect the quality of later life in Scotland.
Mariana Funes's insight:
This may be of interest to those of you working to support older people - sometimes it is just about being heard. If anyone is familiar with similar initiatives For England or the UK as a whole, please add details here.
Do you need a miractopus? Probably you don’t, even if you happen to know what a miractopus is. But what if you do want something equally unbelievable? Something you hardly dare say? Such as, someone to help you die...
"Paul Chamberlain, who has motor neurone disease, has obtained drugs from overseas to take his own life.
He has had, he says, a good life. "We've travelled a lot. We've had a long and happy marriage. We've got two lovely boys and a grandson and one on the way. I had a reasonable career. I've had lots of friends," he says.
And now, all he asks is to be sure that he can have a good death."
"We sat hip to hip on the family room sofa that day holding hands, my husband and I. Dawn had barely grazed the horizon when our son, almost daughter, and niece joined us. I don’t remember what or if we ate. I do know coffee and tea were made and gulped, and we talked of the distances loved ones had traveled to join us. When my husband (I’ll call him John) got up to put empty cups into the dishwasher, someone said, “You shouldn’t be doing that.” He answered, “I want this day to be as normal as possible.” We were with him because he didn’t want to die alone, and this was the day my husband had chosen to die. "
RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada agreed that the benefits of the LCP should not be overshadowed by its failings, but said she was pleased improvements were being made.
She said: ‘I am pleased that improvements are being made to the LCP and that these include a change of name from pathway to plan and the emphasis patient centred care. It’s important that we don’t ignore that the LCP delivered excellent care to patients when they most needed and that it’s failings do not over shadow the benefits it delivered.’
Mariana Funes's insight:
Well informed article and interesting comments by readers.