Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Government to review “Terminal Illness” definition

The common understanding of the term "terminal illness" is 'a disease or condition which can’t be cured and is likely to lead to someone’s death.' This can apply to advanced cancer, dementia (including Alzheimer's), motor neurone disease (MND/ALS), advanced heart disease and many other illnesses. However, the term is used in a more restrictive sense [...]

2019-07-12T19:16:57+00:00July 12th, 2019|Dignity in Dying, Life Expectancy|

My Time to Die

LBC's Nick Ferrari interviewed Alzheimer's sufferer Alex Pandolfo about his plans to end his life in Switzerland. The moving video is available on line. Nick gently probes Alex's motivation for wanting to end his life, and discusses how he will decide when the time is right for him. Alex is clear: I don't want to [...]

2019-07-03T17:20:03+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Dementia|

BMA to poll members on assisted dying

MDMD is greatly encouraged in its campaign by the news that both the BMA and RCGP are to consult their members on their view of assisted dying. Precise details are yet to be announced and we will follow these developments closely. Earlier this year the RCP poll resulted in a move from opposed to neutral, [...]

2019-07-02T16:28:20+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Medical Views|