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D Jeffrey
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Volume 35: Issue 3: 2005




The Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill concerns deliberate acts to end  life, not  assisting  in  the  natural  dying  process.  The  Bill  was  the  subject  of  a House of Lords Select Committee Report which will form the basis of debate in the  House  of  Commons  when  the  legislation  is  reintroduced  in  the  current parliamentary session.  Practical issues of patient assessment and implementation of physician-assisted suicide are not addressed in this legislation. There is a lack of reliable  evidence  as  to  how  most  dying  patients  feel  about  euthanasia  and physician-assisted suicide. The interests of dying patients would be better served by increasing access to palliative care, making care of the dying a priority for our society.