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Disabled people need more help to live, not to die

The idea of dying frightens most of us, and many fear what the future holds. Not everyone will be able to have a “good death” free from pain or suffering, and having control over your final hours, as offered by “assisted dying”, is an appealing option.

I’ve been close to death many times because my condition is getting progressively life-limiting. I understand and sympathise with those desperate to see a change in the law of assisted dying. For people with progressive conditions (those where symptoms or functions get worse over time) and disabilities, healthcare and social support can be a lottery. Nobody wants to be left in pain and without dignity, and nor should they be.

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