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Responding to the news that the Royal College of Physicians has adopted a neutral stance on assisted dying, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said “As someone who has recently been persuaded of [...]
NDY-UK is surprised and shocked that some Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) do not support the current law prohibiting assisted suicide.
The current law is an essential safeguard not only for terminally ill and disabled people but also their families, friends and the professionals who care for them. It provides support for all against the inference, whether well-intentioned or malign, that terminally ill and disabled people should be treated differently in law from the rest of the population.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is clear that it will only prosecute the law when it is in the public interest to do so. By the examples used in their letter, the PCCs appear to suggest that elderly people should be exempt from the law.
That is not protecting them.
We know that many elderly people are fearful of the future and the potential for them to be isolated, neglected or even abused. To suggest that assisted suicide is one solution to such fears is wholly wrong.
The PCCs would do better to what they can to reduce such fears by using their energies to tackle the very real issues that concern elderly people.
The Royal College of Physicians balloted its members on Assisted Dying in January:
A group of four doctors is applying next week for judicial review of the RCP’s decision:
In case it’s of interest, this featured in Law on Action last night (14 March) when Joshua Rozenberg discussed the implications of the ballot with the solicitor to the four claimants:
You can hear it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tgy1 Although the programme is called ‘Jailhouse Law’ because of the main feature, and the RCP ballot is actually the first item and lasts about 7 minutes.