Results 1–20 of 26 for assisted suicide speaker:Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Assisted Dying Bill [HL] - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (22 Oct 2021)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...year one such doctor wrote 31 lethal prescriptions. Nothing in the Bill plugs deficits in care. The experience of other countries shows that palliative care does not flourish, nor do violent non-assisted suicide rates fall—they do not—when such legislation is in place. When explored, public support reveals that 42% of people think it allows people to stop treatment and 10% that it is...

Suicide Act 1961: Prosecutions - Question (23 May 2019)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...the evidence from jurisdictions that have changed the law? A recent paper from Holland shows that a majority of Dutch physicians feel pressure when dealing with requests for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, and their confidential survey shows a mismatch of many thousands more between euthanasias and assisted suicides and the reported figures. In Belgium there are estimates that up...

Assisted Dying - Question for Short Debate (6 Mar 2017)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...beyond terminal illnesses, with predictions of around one in 20 of all deaths through medically provided lethal drugs. That would equate to around 25,000 such deaths annually here. Violent suicide rates do not fall where assisted suicide is the norm.

Right to Die - Question (14 Jul 2016)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...palliative care. The study showed that doctors do not want to be involved in this because they see it as unsafe. A survey undertaken showed that only one in seven GPs are prepared to be involved in assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia and that, when the public heard more about what was involved, support decreased so that it became equipoised? Overall, there was...

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: .... It may be a minor issue, such as whether the family is in the room or out of it, but those wishes need to be respected. I am saddened that some have tried to link this Bill with the debate on the Assisted Dying Bill. The House of Commons looked at the proposal for physician-assisted suicide very comprehensively and has spoken very clearly. That Bill is unsafe and should not be brought...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...die within 10 years, as it happens—the fact that the doctor has mistakenly said that he believes you are terminally ill would suddenly give the message that you should be considering having an assisted suicide. That would probably start to trigger these discussions. That is the danger in not uncoupling them.

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...report called for further research into improving the accuracy of prognosis within the last weeks to days of life. Yet, in the face of all this evidence, we are being asked to consider legalising assisted suicide or assisted dying for people with a prognosis of six months. The only conceivable explanation is that that is what Oregon’s assisted suicide law says. However, Oregon’s law...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ..., as it unfolds. This stand part debate is very important, partly because the two issues of transitional care and the needs of very young adults are critically important, as is the point made about suicide tourism. I am sure that that was never intended by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, but this was the only place that it could come up in the Bill, and I am glad that my noble...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...my own experience of teaching junior doctors, particularly in the Netherlands, where they would frequently say to me that they were under pressure from families for a person to have euthanasia or assisted suicide. The requests were not coming from the patients themselves. The other situation that we really need to be aware of, as has already been alluded to, is the vulnerability of...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...them. The evidence from Holland was presented at the international conference on clinical ethics in Paris in April this year. In Holland, about 2.7% of all deaths are from euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. Their regime of palliative sedation is used in between 12% and 16% of cases. That is completely different from what we do here. In this country we may use sedation, titrating the...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...I have spoken before in this House about the problems for children who are bereaved. I do not think that the House should underestimate the emotional problems for a child whose parent has committed suicide or had an assisted suicide, or the difficulties that they may go on to feel: that their love was inadequate to support the person who they loved—their parent—through the last days,...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...patient is going to be one of the people who wakes up again—and the number is very small—it is worth noting that those who woke up again in Oregon did not go for a second attempt at physician-assisted suicide but continued living until such time as they died naturally of their disease. There is something much more important going on here, but it would be extremely dangerous not to have...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...may feel when they know that they are imposing a burden on their family. Let me give a cogent example. I was asked to see a man by a GP who said that the man was a clear case for euthanasia or assisted suicide but that he could not give him a lethal injection. That was the only reason the GP was referring him. The consultant surgeon, oncologist and GP all thought that the man had a life...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: My Lords, like many others, particularly doctors who will be expected to be involved in assisting their patients’ suicide, I do not support this Bill. But the Supreme Court has asked Parliament to look at the issue and we should not oppose it at Second Reading. I have worked caring for dying patients for more than 25 years and I have registered my interests. This Bill has broad categories...

Assisted Suicide — Question for Short Debate (5 Mar 2014)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: My Lords, the Director of Public Prosecution’s policy views, as an aggravating circumstance towards prosecution for assisting suicide, if that assistance is given by a doctor or nurse to a patient under their care—that is, within the duty-of-care relationship. Why is that? It is because—I speak as a doctor—patients are easily influenced by doctors and nurses: a word, a glance, a...

Health: End of Life — Motion to Take Note (12 Dec 2013)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...about the complexities of an individual choosing to end his or her life. There are ramifications for others. It is a matter of both conscience and public safety. Others are directly involved in the suicide, and by normalising assisting suicide an attitudinal change occurs across society. Currently, doctors have a key role in preventing suicide; now they are being asked to go into reverse...

Assisted Dying — Question for Short Debate (13 Feb 2012)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: My Lords, I was a member of the Select Committee that looked at the assisted dying Bill. I co-chair Living and Dying Well and have worked as a hospice doctor since 1987. Assistance with suicide by a treating doctor or healthcare professional tends towards prosecution. The Royal College of Physicians advised the DPP in drawing up his guidance that a doctor's role is, "to work with patients to...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (26 Oct 2009)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: My Lords, the amendment is not about assisted suicide, but rather euthanasia. If a person cannot commit suicide, then the assistance is not assistance with suicide, it is murder, manslaughter or euthanasia depending on the situation. The Dutch experience has shown that a considerable number of people do not feel psychologically able to commit suicide themselves but find the passive role of...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (5th Day) (7 Jul 2009)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: Last week, the BMA rejected the amendment's proposal, and also rejected supporting physician-assisted suicide generally. Why? Because it saw that this does not serve true choice in patient care. There are no safeguards of substance here. The two doctors have only to be registered—in other words, a year out of medical school. They need no training in the patient's condition, in assessing...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Second Reading (18 May 2009)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...on the role of the press in external scrutiny while valuable independent rigorous research has been ignored. Indeed, it has actually been hindered and blocked. Recently, a research project about suicide amongst vets, which had been well approved and had a local research ethics committee, consulted the Coroners' Society out of politeness, which then took delaying action that blocked the...


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