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Videos from Healthcare and Secularism 2018 Conference

In October 2018, the National Secular Society and the Secular Medical Forum held a joint conference on Healthcare and Secularism. The final two talks concerned assisted dying and the right to die. Both talks were excellent. Videos of the talks are available on YouTube and are embedded here with some description and comments. 1. Dr. [...]

2018-11-18T22:18:04+00:00November 18th, 2018|Dignity in Dying, Life Expectancy, Medical Views|

Exclusive Interview with Andi Reiss, Film Director, and personal friend of Omid

MDMD's Campaigns and Communications Manager, Keiron McCabe, spoke exclusively with “Endgame” director Andi Reiss about Omid’s journey. Andi was present at Omid's medically assisted suicide in Switzerland. Photo: Omid and Andi, shortly before Omid's death at Lifecircle Switzerland. Photo credit: Andi Reiss How did you first become interested in the issues around Assisted Dying? My [...]

2018-10-05T20:27:26+00:00October 5th, 2018|Disability, Jersey, Legal Action, Personal Stories|

Omid Ends his life at Lifecircle in Switzerland

Omid T: A Legacy of Bravery, Compassion and Empowerment Photo: Omid and Dr Erika Preisig at Lifecircle, shortly before his medically assisted death. Photo Credit - Andi Reiss I'm glad you're here; thank you, thank you for everyone's support - Omid (1964 - 2018) On October 4th 2018, assisted dying campaigner, Omid T chose to [...]

2018-10-06T17:08:34+00:00October 5th, 2018|Disability, Legal Action, Personal Stories, Switzerland|

Economist Essay Series on Assisted Dying

The Economist is publishing a series of essays by those involved in the Assisted Dying debate. We are delighted that one of the invited authors is Dr. Michael Irwin, MDMD's founder and now a patron. Michael's piece describes the five occasions where he has been present at an assisted suicide in Switzerland. All the essays [...]

2018-08-23T15:48:30+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Canada, Disability|

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+00:00July 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 4th, 2018|Dementia, Switzerland|