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Respond to the consultation on
Liam McArthur’s

assisted suicide bill

Liam McArthur MSP has lodged a draft Bill in the Scottish Parliament that proposes introducing assisted suicide to Scotland.

This consultation closed on Wednesday 22 December.

Full information on the consultation is available here.

  • If you use the easy-to-use tool below to respond, your response will then be submitted through the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill’s consultation submission website. To find out how the Scottish Parliament handles your personal data, please see their Privacy Notice.
  • We have included suggested answers in each of the sections, if you do have time, we recommend writing this in your own words and adding in any other points you feel are necessary to cover.
  • We have provided the tool to give a way for the public to make a submission that is easy to complete and helps with making the consultation process accessible to more people.
  • Please ensure you have read the consultation document before responding. In particular, you should read the information contained in the document about how your response will be handled. The consultation document is available here.

  • We have designed the form below for individuals to submit. If you are an organisation, please see the consultation page for details on how to make a submission.

  • Alternatively, if you would like to make a submission using the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill consultation submission website you can do so here.

  • If you use the easy-to-use tool below to respond, your response will then be submitted through the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill’s consultation submission website. To find out how the Scottish Parliament handles your personal data, please see their Privacy Notice.
  • We have included suggested answers in each of the sections, if you do have time, we recommend writing this in your own words and adding in any other points you feel are necessary to cover.
  • We have provided the tool to give a way for the public to make a submission that is easy to complete and helps with making the consultation process accessible to more people.
  • Please ensure you have read the consultation document before responding. In particular, you should read the information contained in the document about how your response will be handled. The consultation document is available here.
  • We have designed the form below for individuals to submit. If you are an organisation, please see the consultation page for details on how to make a submission.

  • Alternatively, if you would like to make a submission using the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill consultation submission website you can do so here.

Make your submission to the consultation

(Note: the name will not be published if you have asked for the response to be anonymous or 'not for publication'. Otherwise this is the name that will be published with your response).
Your email will not be published

About you

On the above question you were asked you if you are UNDER 12 YEARS old, and you responded Yes to this question.

If this is the case, the team running the consultation will have to contact your parent or guardian for consent.

If you are under 12 years of age, please put your contact details into the textbox. This can be your email address or phone number. The team running the consultation will then contact you and your parents to receive consent.

Otherwise please confirm that you are or are not under 12 years old.*

Contact details

Please choose whether you are responding as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. Note: If you choose 'individual' and consent to have the response published, it will appear under your own name. If you choose 'on behalf of an organisation' and consent to have the response published, it will be published under the organisation's name. *

Which of the following best describes you? (If you are a professional or academic, but not in a subject relevant to the consultation, please choose 'Member of the public'.) *

Optional: You may wish to explain briefly what expertise or experience you have that is relevant to the subject-matter of the consultation:

Please choose one of the following:

If you have requested anonymity or asked for your response not to be published, please give a reason (Note: your reason will not be published):

Please provide your name or the name of your organisation. (Note: the name will not be published if you have asked for the response to be anonymous or 'not for publication'. Otherwise this is the name that will be published with your response). *

Please provide details of a way in which we can contact you if there are queries regarding your response. Email is preferred but you can also provide a postal address or phone number. We will not publish these details.*

Aim and approach

Note: All answers to the questions in this section may be published (unless your response is “not for publication”).

1. Which of the following best expresses your view of the proposed Bill? *

Please explain the reasons for your response.

2. Do you think legislation is required, or are there other ways in which the Bill’s aims could be achieved more effectively? Please explain the reasons for your response.

3. Which of the following best expresses your view of the proposed process for assisted dying as set out at section 3.1 in the consultation document (Step 1 - Declaration, Step 2 - Reflection period, Step 3 - Prescribing/delivering)?

Please explain the reasons for your response, including if you think there should be any additional measures, or if any of the existing proposed measures should be removed. In particular, we are keen to hear views on Step 2 - Reflection period, and the length of time that is most appropriate.

4. Which of the following best expresses your views of the safeguards proposed in section 1.1 of the consultation document?

Please explain the reasons for your response.

5. Which of the following best expresses your view of a body being responsible for reporting and collecting data?

Please explain the reasons for your response, including whether you think this should be a new or existing body (and if so, which body) and what data you think should be collected.

6. Please provide comment on how a conscientious objection (or other avenue to ensure voluntary participation by healthcare professionals) might best be facilitated.

Financial implications

7. Taking into account all those likely to be affected (including public sector bodies, businesses and individuals etc), is the proposed Bill likely to lead to:

Please indicate where you would expect the impact identified to fall (including public sector bodies, businesses and individuals etc). You may also wish to suggest ways in which the aims of the Bill could be delivered more cost-effectively.

Equalities

8. What overall impact is the proposed Bill likely to have on equality, taking account of the following protected characteristics (under the Equality Act 2010): age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation?

Please explain the reasons for your response. Where any negative impacts are identified, you may also wish to suggest ways in which these could be minimised or avoided.

Sustainability

9. In terms of assessing the proposed Bill’s potential impact on sustainable development, you may wish to consider how it relates to the following principles:
  • living within environmental limits
  • ensuring a strong, healthy and just society
  • achieving a sustainable economy
  • promoting effective, participative systems of governance
  • ensuring policy is developed on the basis of strong scientific evidence.
With these principles in mind, do you consider that the Bill can be delivered sustainably?

Please explain the reasons for your response.

General

10. Do you have any other additional comments or suggestions on the proposed Bill (which have not already been covered in any of your responses to earlier questions)?