About Us:

The campaign for a right-to-die has reached a turning point. Over 90% of the public now approve of assisted dying, in at least some circumstances. For some time now, doctors and nurses have watched with increasing despair, as the interests of their patients were sidelined and attempts to reform assisted dying faltered. All too often they have watched as debates about the right-to-die were confused by misinformation and myth. My Death, My Decision Medical Group believes it is now necessary for the voices of strongly pro-choice doctors and nurses to be heard.  Many of our supporters joined because they wanted to help provide a voice for those clinicians, and the balanced medical perspective that this debate has lacked.

“Decades ago I took out life membership of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES) because I wished to escape from dementia and other chronic disabling conditions if I developed one or more of them. After VES became Dignity in Dying (DiD), DiD decided to restrict its campaigning to a call to legalise assistance in dying to people with a life expectancy of a few months.  This policy change thereby excluded assistance for people with the kind of chronic disabling conditions that had prompted my life membership of VES. I am glad that My Death My Decision is now campaigning for the original objectives of the VES.”

Sir Ian Chalmers

Sir Iain Chalmers is a renowned medical researcher and founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, the first global evidenced based research network in medicine. He is the acting coordinator of the James Lind Initiative and received the British Medical Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

“I often joke that my most precious possession, which I prize above all my tools and books, and the pictures and antiques that I inherited from my family, is my suicide kit, which I keep hidden at home. It consists of a few drugs that I have managed to acquire over the years”. [And first on the list of his reasons for taking it out of its hiding place would be] “The early signs of dementia”.

Henry Marsh

Dr Henry Marsh CBE, is a leading neurosurgeon and best selling author of “Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” and “Admissions: A life in brain surgery”, which became a number 1 Sunday Times best seller. His work has been the subject of two major BBC documentaries – “Your Life in their Hands” in 2003 and “The English Surgeon” in 2009 which won an Emmy. Until 2015 he served as the senior consultant at St George’s Hospital, working within the UK’s leading brain surgery unit.

“Medicine has moved a long way since I qualified in 1960 and today we accept the principle of patient autonomy yet the law denies us the right to make our own decisions about how and when we die. As one ages, the absence of this human right becomes more pressing and it is time to make the case clearly. We should state what we want unconstrained by the political practicalities, so that everyone is clear what we want.”

Photo Credit: Matt Saywell

Wendy Savage

Professor Wendy Savage is a British gynecologist and long standing campaigner for women’s rights in childbirth and fertility. She is an accomplished writer having published the highly successful “Birth and Power”, has previously served as a member of the General Medical Council and British Medical Association’s Ethics Committee, and has received the British Medical Journal’s award for an Outstanding Contribution to Health.