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Now is not the time for an assisted dying bill

It is hard to imagine a worse time to introduce a bill to legalise assisted dying. Families are coping with agonising Covid deaths. They have watched — often at a distance — their nearest and dearest struggling to survive a disease that deprives them of the ability to breathe. All too often, the battle has been lost. More than 10,000 have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, since the pandemic hit last year. By their bedside, in those last days, devoted NHS staff have used every medical aid to prolong life. Often the last face a dying patient saw was that of a nurse or doctor. The idea of promoting a law to make dying easier at this time of all times, is, to put it mildly, insensitive.

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