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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 am on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee 10:35 am, 22nd March 2018

Yesterday, James Douglas, a constituent of the Deputy Speaker, my right hon. Friend Dame Rosie Winterton, made a statement to the all-party parliamentary group on motor neurone disease. As the Leader of the House will be aware, a third of people with motor neurone disease will die within the first year of diagnosis. James applied for the personal independence payment. They spent four hours completing the form, and he had a face-to-face assessment. He was awarded zero points. His consultant has now given him a DS1500, which means that he is likely to die within six months. The Scottish Parliament is introducing an amendment that gives the definition of end of life as two years. May we have a debate on how this Parliament could also show that level of compassion, so that people such as James do not have to go through this trauma?