Source: Former Directer of Public Proescutions calls for the right to die in the UK | PoliticsHome.com

The national flag of Switzerland.

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This is an interesting news item.

Former Directer of Public Proescutions calls for the right to die in the UK | PoliticsHome.com

Personally, I think that there is room for a public debate. There’s something wrong with having to travel to Switzerland to die. Surely Switzerland’s policy should become the norm?

Thoughts?

One response

  1. Dr Alf raises an interesting point but already events have overtaken the “right to die”.

    This has happened with the so-called abolition of the “Liverpool Care Pathway”, which instead of hastening the demise of 450,000 people a year, now dispatches 550,000 to an early grave.

    In addition, the NHS is engaged in more drug rationing (as happened to my late younger brother who had bone marrow cancer and was advised by his specialist at the Royal Free that there was “no point” to his receiving further expensive drugs for his condition).

    At some point, subject to adequate safeguards, we will have to adopt the Swedish system which allows patients to self-medicate themselves to death, using pills left by their bedsides and the admonition “If it all gets too much for you you know what to do”–i.e, take the pills at the side of the bed with a glass of water and end it all.

    The current system results from the public’s inability to face the truth and have an honest and rational debate in the way that people did in Oregon some years ago when the state authorities wanted to know what treatments and drugs people were willing to pay for through insurance or directly.

    This must change and people should be encouraged to make “living wills”, whilst they are still “compus mentis”.

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