‘Assisted dying’: killing not care?
Clyde Brown and Joy Whitby support John Humphrys’ call for legalised ‘assisted dying’, citing the deaths of loved-ones and dismissing fears of abuse (‘Is it ever right to help someone to die?’ Letters, Daily Mail, May 20, 2021). https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/sitemaparchive/index.html
However, given the high standard of palliative care available, there is less reason than ever to introduce assisted suicide. https://www.christian.org.uk/news/assisted-suicide-never-necessary-palliative-care-experts-say/
The answer to poor care is better care, enabling the patient to spend their final days in peace and comfort, rather than having family and friends hurry forward their departure – actually wanting them to die rather than wanting them to live as long as possible.
Every day we hear reports about the poor treatment of the elderly, and if ‘assisted dying’ ever became legal, there would be no incentive to improve their care - and then everyone would want to die. The question we should be asking is not ‘Is it ever right to help someone to die?’ but ‘Why are we demanding killing, not care?’