Assisted Suicide — Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:51 pm on 5th March 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Murphy Baroness Murphy Crossbench 8:51 pm, 5th March 2014

I am sorry; I have only two minutes. Of course people talk about this. They do not sit there quietly. I read the BMA guidelines again today to make sure that I was up to speed—being a member of the BMA, I would, wouldn’t I?—and I can tell your Lordships that they make it very clear that you must not discuss any of these issues. I believe that the BMA circulated this guidance to everybody today and not just to doctors. Incidentally, we know that the BMA has never asked its members about this—I have never been asked by anybody in the BMA. Of course, it is led by people who are violently opposed to any new policy, so that is hardly surprising.

My time is up but I must express my anger today. I am for the proposals put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady Jay.