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Suicide – oh no, assisted suicide – oh yes!

On 19 January, Nick Clegg called for a ‘zero suicides’ target among people suffering from mental illnesses.  Almost 4,700 people committed suicide in UK in 2013, at least 90% of whom were thought to be struggling with mental health issues, particularly depressive or substance abuse […]

Lord Falconer’s phoney war continues

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill reached Committee Stage in the House of Lords on Friday 7 November. It seeks to legalise assisted suicide (but not euthanasia) for mentally competent adults (aged over 18) with less than six months to live, subject to ‘safeguards’ under a […]

Lord Falconer has suffered enough – it’s time to put him out of his misery

Lord Falconer’s ‘Assisted Dying Bill’, which reaches its Committee Stage in the House of Lords on Friday 7 November, seeks to legalise assisted suicide (but not euthanasia) for mentally competent adults (>18) with less than six months to live subject to ‘safeguards’ under a two […]

Elderly pro-euthanasia campaigner starves herself to death in high-profile attempt to advance her cause

A long-term pro-euthanasia campaigner has starved herself to death over five weeks because she could not have her life ended legally. Jean Davies, 86, did not suffer from a terminal illness but said her life had become ‘intolerable’ after a series of fainting spells. She […]

RCP surveys its membership’s views on ‘assisted dying’

The Royal College of Physicians today launched a survey to assess its members’ views on assisted suicide. The survey consists of four multi-choice questions with the option to write a more detailed response. It closes on 17 November. The questions are: 1. Do you support […]