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MDMD condemns inhumane lack of choice, as incurably suffering man is forced to starve himself to death

An incurably suffering man, who wants the option of a legal assisted death, has decided to end his life by starving himself to death - while the choice is still within his control to make.   Michael Askham, a 59-year father of three and former nurse, suffers from motor neurone disease and is unable to walk, [...]

2020-03-14T17:15:09+00:00March 13th, 2020|Advance Decisions|

Pulling “the plug on your life support … because of a message you left on facebook” – Fact or Fiction?

MDMD’s Campaigns and Communication Manager, Keiron McCabe, breaks down the new Clinically-Assisted Hydration and Nutrition Guidance from the British Medical Association Recently, writing in the Daily Mail, Dr Max Pemberton criticised the new British Medical Association’s (BMA) “Clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) Guidance”, for allowing “one Facebook post [to] be enough to bring about your [...]

2019-01-29T09:10:05+00:00January 25th, 2019|Advance Decisions, Dementia, Minimally Conscious States|

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|

Court Ruling no longer needed before life-support is withdrawn from patients with severe illnesses

In a landmark ruling a judge has ruled that in future, in decisions concerning the withdrawal of life-support, including artificial feeding and hydration, a judge's consent is no longer required in cases where medical opinion and relative's wishes agree that the cessation is in the patient's best interests.  The story is reported widely, including by [...]

2017-09-21T19:11:11+00:00September 21st, 2017|Advance Decisions, Legal Action, Minimally Conscious States|

Preferences for care at end of life when mental capacity is diminishing

An interesting scientific study of attitudes in UK and USA towards end of life care and assisted dying in the face of worsening dementia, was published in April 2017 in the peer reviewed on-line journal Plos One: Clarke G, Fistein E, Holland A, Barclay M, Theimann P, Barclay S (2017) Preferences for care towards the [...]

2017-09-13T14:52:25+00:00September 13th, 2017|Advance Decisions, Care Homes, Dementia, Opinion Poll|

Avoiding Prolonged Dementia

Dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. How can we ensure we don't suffer from it for longer than we wish? Medically Assisted Suicide is one option chosen by a few. In the UK those choosing this option need to arrange appropriate help in Switzerland, as it is not legal [...]

2017-04-23T09:35:23+00:00April 23rd, 2017|Advance Decisions, Dementia, USA|

Dementia sufferers ending their lives in Switzerland

Today the Mail on Sunday published an article about the father of an MDMD supporter who ended his life at Dignitas. Penny's father Ron Hall suffered from early stage dementia. The psychiatric assessment to ensure he still had mental capacity to make the life ending decision was done by MDMD's associate coordinator, Colin Brewer. Interestingly, [...]

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