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Two more bad deaths show how the current law is failing

Two recent news stories concerning suicide inquests demonstrate again how the current assisted suicide law prevents people who are incurably suffering having the peaceful death they would choose. Reports in the Mirror and the Guardian cover the inquest into the death of Ralph Snell, 94, who took a mix of morphine and sleeping pills to [...]

2019-08-30T09:04:16+00:00August 30th, 2019|DIY Suicide|

Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Justice

To mark the tenth anniversary of Debbie Purdy's landmark assisted dying case, which resulted in the current Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) guidelines on the Assisted Suicide law, My Death, My Decision has published an open letter to the incoming Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP,  calling for a review [...]

2019-08-12T13:53:03+00:00August 12th, 2019|Political, UK Parliament|

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|

Rational Suicide in the Elderly: the US perspective

A recent article in the Washington Post describes a group of residents of a retirement community in Philadelphia who hold clandestine meetings to discuss their desires for a rational end of life when they feel the time is right for them. Avoiding end stage dementia is cited as one of their particular concerns. The article [...]

2019-06-25T15:46:18+00:00June 25th, 2019|DIY Suicide, USA|