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.
Top doctor says people who are dying need equivalent of midwives to help ease, and possibly end suffering and painDoctors should be able to help terminally ill patients end their lives days or weeks before they die, one of the leaders of Britain's...
31 Mar 2014 Dying Well Should Be A Human Right. Parliament is once again poised to debate the need for a law to allow assisted suicide. The current situation in the UK is that euthanasia (in which one party takes action to end the life of a second party, at the request of the second party) is regarded as either manslaughter or murder and is punishable by law with a maximum penalty of up to life imprisonment; and assisted suicide (where physicians, or others, provide the means for patients to end their own lives) is illegal under the terms of the Suicide Act (1961), punishable by up to 14 years' imprisonment. However, grey areas have emerged, and the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2010 indicated that anyone acting with compassion on the will of a dying person was unlikely to face charges.
Avery curious thing happens at the Swiss assisted-suicide organization Dignitas. Before it agrees to help someone end his or her life, Dignitas has a rigorous application process, involving a lot of time, effort and paperwork. Eventually, some patients are given the provisional go-ahead to go to Zurich and proceed, subject only to being examined on arrival by a Swiss doctor.
The main long-term objective of SOARS is to get the law eventually changed in the UK so that very elderly, mentally competent individuals, who are suffering unbearably from various health problems (although none of them is “terminal”) are allowed to receive a doctor’s assistance to die, if this is their persistent choice.
One volunteer told STV News she had been persuaded after working with grieving relatives. At least 25 people have volunteered to help people end their lives if assisted suicide is legalised in Scotland.
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A recent legal case regarding resuscitation and a national audit carried out by the Royal College of Physicians in partnership with Marie Curie, have reopened the debate about end of life care for those dying in hospital. In 2013 the Neuberger report into the Liverpool Care Pathway (an initiative to introduce a hospice level of palliative care into hospitals) found that, in too many cases, the framework was not being used appropriately and people in the last stages of life were suffering needlessly. The resulting phasing out of the LCP in favour of individually tailored ‘end of life’ plans is, in the eyes of some professionals, a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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Recent policy, legislation and campaigns advocate greater openness and discussion around dying and planning for end of life care. What are the public’s attitudes on this issue and how far do these vary for different sections of the population? How far have individuals put plans in place for the end of life and what factors are inhibiting planning in this area?
Lothians MSP was a pivotal figure in Scottish politics in the second half of the 20th century. In recent years, she emerged as an activist for the right to assisted suicide, after revealing her own Parkinson's diagnosis in 2002.
A bill on physician-assisted suicide is being considered by the Scottish parliament. It is the second attempt by independent member Margo MacDonald, who has Parkinson’s disease, to get such a law onto the statute book.
Imagine you were suffering a terminal or severely life-shortening condition. Wouldn't you want to talk openly and honestly about your situation with your doctor? Wouldn't you want the choice to be able to end your own life? Wouldn't you at least want to know more and be in charge? You might choose to act or you might not, but the decision should be up to you.
A SON is backing the right to die after his parents committed suicide in each others' arms. Tai Altman kissed his mother and father goodbye and gave them his blessing, knowing they were going to kill themselves in a tragic pact.
Scotsman Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots Scottish Daily Record A total of 69per cent of those questioned in a new study said they wanted the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, being put forward by independent...