“My fear at the moment is that this country risks going down the route of 'assisted dying' with its eyes closed.” “Lord Joffe's bill may toss away, almost casually, two thousand years of a tradition that doctors would only be dedicated to healing.”
These statements are from senior doctors dedicated to care of the dying, vulnerable and elderly. They are views expressed on a DVD in which doctors were invited to speak on 'assisted dying'.
The DVD is produced by Care not Killing the new UK-based alliance bringing together human rights groups, healthcare groups, palliative care groups, faith-based organisations and concerned individuals, as a contribution to the current debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
In the UK the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Royal College of Physicians and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM), which together represent those doctors most closely involved in caring for dying patients, are overwhelmingly opposed to a change in the law.
John Wiles, Chairman of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain & Ireland and a member of the Care Not Killing steering group, said: “This new DVD is an important contribution to the heated debate about physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.”
See the DVD clips on this site: www.carenotkilling.org.uk