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Carers: low pay is a scandal

A report published today suggests that the vast majority of local authorities are paying less than the recommended minimum to provide domiciliary, personal care for the elderly.  The UK Homecare Association says that just over £15 an hour is the minimum needed to provide essential [...]

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A catalogue of reasons why Margo Macdonald’s Assisted Suicide Bill should be rejected

  An opinion piece in The Guardian on Saturday by the Editor of the Daily Mail in Scotland, Kevin McKenna, provides a powerful critique of Margo MacDonald MSP’s Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. Mr McKenna highlights that, although Ms MacDonald’s Bill contains safeguards and claims to ensure that only terminally ill [...]

Assisted suicide storyline on Coronation Street – Five myths about death and dying

This morning I took part in a debate on the Radio Four Today programme (listen here) about the assisted suicide story to be screened next Monday in a British television drama (see my previous blog on this here). The ITV Soap ‘Coronation Street’ is running [...]

My Radio Four Today programme debate on the ‘right to die’ cases before the Supreme Court

You can listen to the interview and read a short report on the BBC website. Two men seeking assisted suicide are having their arguments heard by the Supreme Court this week in the latest round of their legal battle. Paul Lamb, 57, was involved in [...]

New research finds that dementia can be reduced by 60% for people who live healthily

As Christmas approaches, many of us will be taking some holiday from work. Christmas provides a welcome time and opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, but also to unwind and spend time with friends and families. Christmas holiday time can provide us with [...]