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Matt Hancock to make documentary on assisted suicide

The disgraced former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced his plans to produce a series of documentaries about serious topics including assisted suicide.

Fresh from his controversial appearance on ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, the Member of Parliament for West Suffolk has announced that he will be stepping down at the next General Election. Instead, he announced his plans to make a series of “serious documentaries” on issues from dyslexia to assisted suicide.

Writing to the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, Hancock said he believes he can “influence the public debate” outside of Parliament.

“What is it with you & trying to bump off elderly?”

Having previously opposed the practice, Hancock announced his support for assisted suicide in August 2022.

However, his announcement was greeted with scorn and mockery on Twitter, with an overwhelmingly negative response from a large number of users on Twitter who responded to the announcement.

In response to Mr Hancock’s call for a Parliamentary inquiry and free vote on assisted suicide, one Twitter user said “I think you’ve assisted enough”, while another said “I think you have assisted enough recently”. Others made similar comments referencing his mishandling of the care home scandal “He’s still obsessed with killing people off. The care home scandal clearly wasn’t enough of a fix for him”, and another commented “What is it with you & trying to bump off elderly?”

Another user made reference to assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada, suggesting that such legislation is used to put pressure on disabled people to take their own lives to save the health system money.

Also making reference to assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada, a user said “If you think the state won’t use [assisted suicide] for it’s [sic] own ends, then I don’t know what to tell you”.

Another user responded in disbelief to the announcement asking “Is this a parody account??” and one labelled the announcement as “Genuinely frightening”.

The MP was forced to resign from his position as Health Secretary in June 2021 after images were released of him having an affair and violating his own lockdown rules.

The sick and vulnerable are currently protected against assisted suicide and euthanasia in the UK.

A 2020 British Medical Association (BMA) survey showed that 84% of doctors in palliative medicine would not be willing to perform euthanasia on a patient should the law ever change.

Assisted suicide was most recently debated and rejected in Parliament in 2015 by 330 votes to 118.

A recent Irish study on ageing found that three-quarters of people over 50 who had previously expressed a wish to die no longer had that desire two years later, and that many who do express a wish to die do so for non-medical reasons. The state of Oregon also found 53.1% of patients who chose an assisted suicide were concerned with being a “burden on family, friends/caregivers”, 94.3% of patients were concerned with being “Less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable”, 93.1% were concerned with “losing autonomy”, and 71.8% were concerned with “loss of dignity”. Of the total who have died since 1997, only 27.4% have listed “inadequate pain control, or concern about it” as one of their end-of-life concerns.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said: “Matt Hancock is championing a policy that has proven disastrous in Canada, the Netherlands and every other country that has implemented assisted suicide. The sick and vulnerable must receive the care that they need to live, not die.”

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