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Assisted Dying - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:01 pm on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench 8:01 pm, 6th March 2017

My Lords, opening the door to assisted dying legislation will put many frail, elderly and disabled people at risk of pressure from their families, who fear losing the house if it goes on payment for expensive care homes. There is immense pressure on the NHS and social services. The insecurities of Brexit have already lessened nursing and care help coming from Europe. It will be a disaster if it dries up. Severely paralysed people cannot cope without help. In desperation, they might turn to assisted dying.

Patients need to trust their doctors. Do not forget Dr Shipman: a GP from Yorkshire who killed many of his trusting patients. What we need is the availability of good palliative and end-of-life care across the country.