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Eamonn Holmes wants an assisted death in Switzerland if he has dementia – but he shouldn’t rely on others.

Breakfast TV News presenter Eamonn Holmes has been widely quoted in the media for openly saying that he would prefer a medically assisted death if he developed dementia. A Sun on Sunday article strongly supports him. A  Daily Mail article also covered the story, its comments show strong support for Eamonn's view. Describing his fear [...]

2018-06-04T18:23:50+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Dementia, Switzerland|

Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices meeting

MDMD Associate Coordinator Colin Brewer represented MDMD at the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices. Here is his report... We heard a good presentation by Dignity in Dying’s Scottish organiser on their excellent recent survey of people from Britain who approached Dignitas for assistance and the financial, legal and bureaucratic obstacles that [...]

2018-05-08T11:34:08+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Dignity in Dying, Scotland, UK Parliament|

Dignitas hit out at UK politicians

Dignitas issued a hard-hitting press release this week "Ignorance, irresponsibility and hypocrisy – How a majority of UK politicians violate human rights and create suffering and costs". Here's an extract: Just over a week ago, once again an individual from the UK has travelled to DIGNITAS – To live with dignity – To die with [...]

2018-05-05T09:10:59+00:00 May 5th, 2018|Switzerland, UK Parliament|

Extending the Oregon Right to Die Law. Evidence of a “Slippery Slope”?

A recent article in the Washington Post describes moves in Oregon, USA to try to extend their Death with Dignity Act to include help for those suffering from degenerative diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Related discussions are taking place in other US states and in Canada. For example, a recent paper [...]

2018-03-19T20:16:34+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Canada, Dementia, Slippery Slope, USA|

The courts may be able to wait, but Omid can’t.

The latest stage of Omid’s legal case to be allowed an assisted death in the UK was heard in the High Court on 7/8th March 2018. The Daily Mail reported it here. Omid’s legal team argued for the right to cross-examine expert witnesses – in particular to question the written evidence given by Baroness Ilora [...]

2018-03-13T10:46:35+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Legal Action|

Is the Dutch Euthanasia law working as intended?

The Daily Mail reported recently on a number of euthanasia cases in the Netherlands which are being investigated over concerns that the correct procedures may not have been followed, leading to euthanasia of people who possibly did not meet the strict criteria set out in the Dutch legislation. See Daily Mail articles "Dutch police investigate [...]

2018-05-08T07:38:24+00:00 March 11th, 2018|Netherlands|

Living with Dementia – comparing two cases of Early Onset Dementia

The Observer recently published a story about Wendy Mitchell, an Alzheimer's sufferer whose memoir, 'Somebody I Used to Know', has recently been published. The article gives in interesting insight into how Wendy copes with the devastating diagnosis of dementia at the age of 58. Wendy is described as an energetic single mother of two adult [...]

2018-02-14T15:53:21+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Dementia, Personal Stories, Switzerland|

Lady Lucan Coronor’s Suicide Verdict – Fear of Parkinson’s Disease

The Telegraph reports that the coroner investigating the death of Lady Lucan in September 2017 recorded a verdict of suicide. Lady Lucan is reported to have "self-diagnosed" as having Parkinson's disease, and to have previously discussed assisted suicide with a friend, should they develop a terminal illness or a degenerative disease. There was no suggestion [...]

2018-03-04T13:43:59+00:00 January 10th, 2018|DIY Suicide, Personal Stories|