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Supreme court decision on withholding food and drink in PVS cases

The BBC report on the ruling by the Supreme Court that legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a long-term permanent vegetative state. The decision applies to patients who are being kept alive by artificial means such as tube feeding and hydration. It means that when family and doctors [...]

2018-07-30T13:26:00+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Advance Decisions, Minimally Conscious States|

Scottish Parliament removes time limit in definition of “terminally ill”

MDMD are delighted to learn that the Scottish parliament has removed any time limit from its definition of "terminally ill" in their Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.  The story was reported by the BBC and the Guardian. The Guardian article states "There were a number of significant last-minute amendments to the legislation, including the removal [...]

2018-07-15T14:11:50+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Dementia, Disability, Medical Views, Scotland|

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|