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Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 9:49 am on 11th September 2015.

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Photo of Rob Marris Rob Marris Labour, Wolverhampton South West 9:49 am, 11th September 2015

No. I will make some progress. The doctor countersigns the declaration that the patient is terminally ill and of sound mind, is acting voluntarily, and has been informed of palliative and other care available. A second independent specialist doctor with expertise in that area countersigns that declaration. If a medical person has a conscientious objection to any of that, she or he—quite properly—does not have to participate in any way. Having had the signature of two doctors, the declaration has to go to a High Court judge. If the High Court judge agrees and makes an order, there is a 14-day cooling off period.