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‘Assisted dying’ risks being seen and used as a cheap solution for human suffering

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Legalising euthanasia will only worsen the current provision of care for the terminally ill

Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill is the fourth attempt to legalise giving lethal drugs to terminally ill people to end their lives. The fundamental and practical flaws in the bill are clearly exposed by the range of amendments that have been put down. It is therefore surprising, and worrying, that proponents of what is being euphemistically called “assisted dying” have put forward an almost identical bill each time and have not addressed the concerns raised by the House on earlier occasions.

The bill would do nothing to plug deficits in care. It risks being seen and used as a cheap solution for human suffering. Every day, patients are failing to get the specialist palliative care they need, with patchy availability through reliance on voluntary sector funding. Introducing legislation for “assisted dying,” far from improving current provision of care for the terminally ill, would make the situation worse. 

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