Dying with Dignity. Susan Wilson GPVTS 24/01/2008 With acknowledgment to Elaine Murphy’s presentation at RCGP Annual Conference. Introduction. Suicide Act 1961 decriminalised suicide Failed attempt could no longer be prosecuted
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With acknowledgment to Elaine Murphy’s presentation at RCGP Annual Conference
“This year  has seen some terrible cases of people's wishes at the end of life not being respected. The fact that over one half of all complaints about the NHS are about end-of-life care is unsurprising. Access to palliative care is a postcode lottery and the service you receive depends on where you live. People with a terminal illness and who are unbearable suffering are denied the right to an assisted death and have to consider an unacceptable, morbid pilgrimage across Europe.”
Ashley Riley, Head of Campaigns
"The implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in October was a positive step forward in ensuring greater patient choice at the end of life, but the UK still has a very long way to go. Assisted dying should be a basic right for terminally ill, mentally competent adults who are suffering unbearably. Excellent palliative care should be available to all those who need it. More awareness of the importance of advance decisions is vital to ensure everyone has the best death possible."