supporteers

Dr Laura McClelland

My aunt, Geraldine McClelland, died at Dignitas yesterday (7 December 2011). It is with great pride and conviction that I support the cause of assisted dying. I witness the pain and protracted agong of the dying on a daily basis and more recently, I have lived it. It is without reservation that I feel that, for those who choose, assisted dying should be available to nurture dignity and choice whilst alleviating physical and psychological suffering in the terminally ill.

Dr Jeremy Honeybun

I agree with the vision and mission of HPAD, whilst also having a strong interest in Palliative Care. We should all strive for the highest standards of care at the end of life, and this should include the choice, for those patients able to express the wish, to have an assisted death. It will never be possible to fully palliate all suffering and to condemn some patients to such suffering denies them what should be a basic human right – a dignified and comfortable death.

Dr Jane Roblin

I fully support a movement for change in this important end of life issue. Healthcare professionals are best placed to assess and work with patients so that they can have the best quality support to die in the manner of their own choosing.

Dr Quentin Spender

As highlighted in the recent Demos report, the art of dying needs more respect and professional assistance rather than being regarded merely as a failure to live.

Marcus Harbord

The profession is at odds with public opinion which is why I am keen that this group is supported. I encourage an honest debate about assisted dying. Wider public use of living wills should also be encouraged, which would be empowering for those too frail to advocate for themselves.

Dr Harriet Dickson

I agree with Dr Ann McPherson and had come to the same conclusion gradually over many years. As a GP, I would want the same choice for myself in the same situation

Dr Dot Lister

I firmly agree that the choice of assisted dying is needed and would be a valued choice to many, reducing their fear and empowering them.

Dr Jill Bartlett

To die at home or other peaceful surroundings of one’s own choosing peacefully and with dignity is possible for many people. I work in general practice and aim to help palliative care patients achieve this. For the small number with certain symptoms or problems which are impossible to control or so severely affect an individual’s dignity there should be a carefully considered alternative approach to dying to cut short suffering when chosen by them.

Henry Marsh CBE MA FRCS

Modern medicine has given doctors – and hence their patients – the ability to predict the course of an illness with much greater accuracy than in the past. It has also given doctors the ability to keep people alive beyond any chance of useful recovery. The traditional view that ‘while there’s life there’s hope’ is often no longer appropriate or humane and indeed can become profoundly cruel. Patients with terminal illnesses should be allowed to make rational decisions about how and when their life should come to a close.

JD Cameron FRCPath

The arguments against change have been shown to be, at best, weak. The right to end one’s life in a dignified manner should not, in the 21st century, be denied by a minority holding opposing views.