Terminal Illness

I am a retired family doctor coming from the days when we had personal lists of patients and we were legally responsible for their care or for organising another physician to deputise for you: this was on a 24 hour basis 365 days of the year.

Requests by patients to help them end their lives or "to help them on their way" ("you won't let me suffer will you doctor") were regular and not uncommon. I personally experienced this on a regular basis.

I make two suggestions:

1. The law on murder should  be changed so that there is a difference between compassion and malicious intent: at present it is left to the DPP to make the decision.

2. The 1961 Suicide Act should be altered so that terminally ill, mentally competent adults could be assisted to die or commit suicide.

Why is this idea important?

I am a retired family doctor coming from the days when we had personal lists of patients and we were legally responsible for their care or for organising another physician to deputise for you: this was on a 24 hour basis 365 days of the year.

Requests by patients to help them end their lives or "to help them on their way" ("you won't let me suffer will you doctor") were regular and not uncommon. I personally experienced this on a regular basis.

I make two suggestions:

1. The law on murder should  be changed so that there is a difference between compassion and malicious intent: at present it is left to the DPP to make the decision.

2. The 1961 Suicide Act should be altered so that terminally ill, mentally competent adults could be assisted to die or commit suicide.

Assisted dying

I strongly believe it should be an individuals choice, (anyone metally competent and terminally ill), to have an assisted death – without the helper being subject to prosecution. Surely other people should not be able to impose their views on me. I believe there is a high level of public support for legalisation of assisted dying 

I have made a 'Living Will' (or as it is called today, Advanced Decision) and deposited with my GP. He was most supportive and said he sees many patients to whom he must administer life prolonging medicines when it was clearly not their wish. Heartbraking situation for all concerned, not just the individual, but their family and friends too.
 
Please make every effort to change the law here. There are a number of people having to travel to Switzerland for an assisted death and others attempting suicide behind closed doors because of our existing law. Holland & some US states allow assisted death – why not UK?

Why is this idea important?

I strongly believe it should be an individuals choice, (anyone metally competent and terminally ill), to have an assisted death – without the helper being subject to prosecution. Surely other people should not be able to impose their views on me. I believe there is a high level of public support for legalisation of assisted dying 

I have made a 'Living Will' (or as it is called today, Advanced Decision) and deposited with my GP. He was most supportive and said he sees many patients to whom he must administer life prolonging medicines when it was clearly not their wish. Heartbraking situation for all concerned, not just the individual, but their family and friends too.
 
Please make every effort to change the law here. There are a number of people having to travel to Switzerland for an assisted death and others attempting suicide behind closed doors because of our existing law. Holland & some US states allow assisted death – why not UK?

Assisting with a suicide should not be a crime

A terminally ill patient who wishes to end his or her life with dignity rather than enduring more pain should have the right to ask for assistance in ending that life with dignity if he or she is not capable of doing so along.  Holland and Switzerland allow people to die with dignity.  We should too. 

Why is this idea important?

A terminally ill patient who wishes to end his or her life with dignity rather than enduring more pain should have the right to ask for assistance in ending that life with dignity if he or she is not capable of doing so along.  Holland and Switzerland allow people to die with dignity.  We should too. 

Right to Die – s2(1) Suicide Act 1961

As the law currently stands it is an offence to 'aid, abet, counsel or procure the suicde of another'. 

This has the effect of criminalising those who assists a person, who is physically unable to end their own life, to commit suicide.  As suicide is not illegal and is essentially part of an individuals right to autonomous conduct, this is arguably discriminatory against disabled persons – in particular the terminally ill.

Surely we have the right to die with some dignity?

Why is this idea important?

As the law currently stands it is an offence to 'aid, abet, counsel or procure the suicde of another'. 

This has the effect of criminalising those who assists a person, who is physically unable to end their own life, to commit suicide.  As suicide is not illegal and is essentially part of an individuals right to autonomous conduct, this is arguably discriminatory against disabled persons – in particular the terminally ill.

Surely we have the right to die with some dignity?

The right (if terminally ill) to die painfree and with dignity.

Whilst I realise this could be misused, if the correct procedures were in place, this would prove a blessing for a large proportion of the diagnosed terminally ill. How devastating it is at present to watch your loved ones die, usually unconscious, unable to converse with their families, because doctors and nurses don’t usually tell the families how bad the patient is until it is too late. They are then dispatched to a hospice if lucky, and die there, without regaining consciousness, and many personal things are left unsaid, and cause untold problems with the grieving process.

Why is this idea important?

Whilst I realise this could be misused, if the correct procedures were in place, this would prove a blessing for a large proportion of the diagnosed terminally ill. How devastating it is at present to watch your loved ones die, usually unconscious, unable to converse with their families, because doctors and nurses don’t usually tell the families how bad the patient is until it is too late. They are then dispatched to a hospice if lucky, and die there, without regaining consciousness, and many personal things are left unsaid, and cause untold problems with the grieving process.

Euthanasia Law

Laws against euthanasia should be repealed surel it is everyones right to choose to die. An added bonus would be a reduction  in NHS costs and Pensions, Disability Living Allowance and Incapacity benefit. Also Attendance Allowance.

Why is this idea important?

Laws against euthanasia should be repealed surel it is everyones right to choose to die. An added bonus would be a reduction  in NHS costs and Pensions, Disability Living Allowance and Incapacity benefit. Also Attendance Allowance.

The right to die

I believe the law should be ammended to allow terminally ill people to end their life with dignity.

To avoid the need for giving extensive detail here, I would advocate a change in the law which reflects the proposals in Lord Joffe's Bill of 2009.

Lord Joffe's Bill incorporated powerful safeguards against abuse by unscrupulous relatives and carers.

Why is this idea important?

I believe the law should be ammended to allow terminally ill people to end their life with dignity.

To avoid the need for giving extensive detail here, I would advocate a change in the law which reflects the proposals in Lord Joffe's Bill of 2009.

Lord Joffe's Bill incorporated powerful safeguards against abuse by unscrupulous relatives and carers.