MP bids to change assisted dying law

A Liberal Democrat MP is calling on parliament to change the law to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill.

Dr Evan Harris, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, spoke after the Court of Appeal last week rejected a request from Debbie Purdy, who suffers from MS, for advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the legal position of relatives of the terminally ill who help their loved ones travel to Switzerland, where assisted dying is legal.

Dr Harris said: 'The DPP has never found a basis for prosecution in over 100 cases of assisted dying. It is time for parliament to remove the doubt which makes an upsetting situation even more traumatic.'

Current law is 'impotent but cruel', he said.

A GP poll this month found that two-fifths of GPs would like to see assisted suicide legalised.

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