Assisted dying would loom over end-of-life care
|SIR – Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (“Why I remain firmly against assisted dying”, Comment, October 4) articulates well the difficulties involved in finding the best way of looking after a loved one towards the end of their life.|
I have myself experienced this. Thanks to the kindness and compassion of care-home workers, my mother was able to spend her final days in dignity with her family by her side as she peacefully passed away. Were the law to change and assisted dying become an option in instances such as this, my mother’s end-of-life care might have been overshadowed by a dreadful choice of having to have a discussion with a doctor about helping her to take her own life.
Our existing end-of-life laws and customs already work well. There is no space for assisted suicide, the introduction of which would risk soon being interpreted as a duty to die to relieve emotional burdens on others.
Baroness Jolly (Lib Dem)
It was with profound sorrow that I heard today...