Healthcare professionals supporting change:

 

Dr Aileen Adams CBE
Sheila Adams
Rachel Adema
Dr Elizabeth Agnew
Robert Todd Aitkenhead Scott
Anne Allen
Eleanor Anderson
Robert Anderson
Roger Anderson
Dr Sarah Anderson
Valerie Arden Martin
Dr Eleanor Arie
Professor Tom Arie CBE
Professor Peter Armstrong
Dr Philip D Arnold
Dr Peter M Ashby
Alan Ashurst
Andrew Astley
Dr Roger Atkins FRCGP
Dr Richard Auty
Dr Kate Badcock
Dr David Badcott
Dr Joy Bailey MB BS
Adam Bakker
Frederic Balfour
 Dr Andrew Bamji
Richard Banks
Dr Catherine Banstead
Dr Helen Bantock
Alison Barnett
Geoffrey Barnett FRPharmS
Dr John Barnett
Jenny Bartholomew
Dr Jill Bartlett
C Beardmore
Michael S Beattie
Dr Berry Beaumont
Dr Vivienne Kay Beddoe
Dr Linda Beeley FRCP
David Bennett
Dr David Berger
James Bethel
Thomas Bewley
Francis C Biley
Dr Thaddeus Birchard
Dr Julian Bird
Dr Margaret Black
Tim Black CBE
Dr Lynda Bobrow FRCPath
Martin Bobrow FRCP FRCPath FMedSci FRS
Anne Bolton
Dr Sylvia Bond
Dr Ruth Booker
Dr David Bossano
Dr Malcolm Bowker PhD BM FRCPsych
Dr Ian Bowns FFPH
Dr Josephine Boxer
Andy Boyce RGN
Janet Eileen Boyd
Dr Patricia Boyd
Alan Bradley
Anne Brau
Judy Briggs
Dr Diana Brinkley
Dr David Brodie
Erica Brostoff
Dr Amanda Brown  
Dr Christopher Brown
Elizabeth Brown
Mr Peter Brown
Dr Michael J Browne
Dr Peter Bruggen
Charles Bulman
Dr Charlotte Burck
Dr Nancy Burge
Dr Chris Burns-Cox
Christopher Burroughes
Dr Gordon Burton
Dr Jo Butt
Cathy Cain 
Dame Fiona Caldicott
Dr Jane Caldwell
Pauline Caller
Dr Angus Cameron
JD Cameron FRCPath
Dr Stephanie Cammerman
Ina Campbell
Mr Fabrizio Francesco Casale
Jeremy Luke Castle
Anne Cawdron
Sir Iain Chalmers
Jocelyn Chamberlain
Dr Kailash Chand
Gillian Chapman
Mr Roger Chapman
Joanna Chapman-Andrews
Dr Andrew Charles Chapman
Dr Rajiv Chhabra
Dr Andy Chivers
Nurul Choudhury
Patrick Chuter
Dr David Clements
Dr Richard Clubb
Professor Joe Collier
Dr Geoffrey Cook
Dr Ruth S Cooklin 
Dr Christopher Cooper
Mary Cooper AIMLT
Harriet Copperman OBE SRN
Elinor Corfan
Mr Eric Cole Cotterill
Dr Anne Coulson
Gill Coverdale
Dr Dennis Cowen
Barbara Cox
Dr Ivan Cox
Dr Bill Crawley
Dr Beresford Crook
Dr Bob Cruthers
Georgina Cuthbertson
Dr Philip Cuttell
Ms Maureen Dalton
Keith Davey
Stewart Davie
Bronwen Davies
Dr Jacky Davis
Lynda d'Avray
Dr Eoghan de Burca
Patricia de Hoogh-Rowntree
Tony Delamothe
Dr Sonia Devereux
Dr Caroline Dickinson
Dr Harriet Dickson
Dr Caroline Doig
Dr NW Doll
Kenneth Dolton RMN RGN (Retired)
Keith Donaldson
Dr Peter Draper
Dr Kate Drinkwater
Lelia Duley
Dr Lesley Duncan
Scott Durairaj
Dr Jane Eadie
Dr Ian Eastwood
Dr Mark Edwards
Phil Edwards RGN
Sarah Edwards
Dr Hans L Eirew
Sir Terence English
Dr Herb Etkin
Dr Lesley A M Evans MSc MRCP 
Dr Kathy Faerber
Dr Katie Fairhead
Dr Susan Fairhead
Dr Gene Feder
Dr Mark Feldman
Dr Philippa Feldman
Dr Nona M Ferdon
Dr Anne Ferguson Macleod
Dr Rosemary Field
Dr Stewart Fisher
Dr John Fitton
Dr Cornel Fleming
Dr Chris Ford
Dr Anna Foreman
Dr Michael Forrest
Professor Godfrey Fowler  OBE MA BM FRCP FRCGP
Shirley Franklin
Dr George K Freeman
Kathleen M Frith FRCOG Dip Med Jur
Uta Frith
Rebecca Gabel
Ann Gardner
Annette Gardner 
Dr Caroline Garland
Dr Christine Garrett
Dr John Garside
Jackie Gibb
Deborah Gibson
Dr Judy Gilley
Dr Naomi Gillingham BSc SRN MBBS DRCOG
Dr Anna Gillott
Claire Gilmour
Jackie Glenister
Professor Sir David Goldberg KBE, FKC, FMedSci, FRCP
Jean Goldman
Dr David Gompertz
Dr Elizabeth Goodburn
Professor Isky Gordon
Eric Gowland
Philip Graham
Dr Kathryn Grant
Dr Ian Graymore MRCGP
Dr Ruth Greenham
Ms Joan Grundy
Gordon Guthrie
Dr John Guy
Dr Lesley Guy
Gunnar Hagberg
Professor Carol Haigh
Dr Alexander J M Hall  MB ChB BSc
Carolyn Hall
Professor Sir David Hall
Dr Helen E Hall
Rob Hammond
Mark Hammonds
Ali Handscomb
Mr Marcus Harbord
Trina Hardiman RGN
Dr Michael Harding
Professor Conrad M Harris
Dr Evan Harris
Dr Jessica Harris
Dr Philip Hartropp
Dr Judith Harvey
Alison Hawes
Dr Pip Hayes
Shelley Heard
Dr Kenneth W Heaton
Dr Peter J Herbert FRCP
Dr Andrew Herxheimer 
Dr Marcus Hickson
Jill Highet
Margaret Elizabeth Hilton
Sean Hilton
Guy Hindley
Susi Hingston
Kathryn Hockey
Dr Mark Hockey
Richard Hoddes
Dr John Hodgson MA BM BCh
Michael P Holden
Charles Derek Holdsworth
Dr Roger Hole 
Dr Kevin Holliday
Dr Jeremy Honeybun
Dr Susan Hope
Dr Rachel Hopkins
Dr Anne Huggins Leaver
Dr Stephen Hughes
John Hunt
Elizabeth Hutchings
Dr Judith Ibison
Dr Sally Ind
Vivien Ireland
Joanne Ishaque
Chris Jackson
Dr Stephanie James
Lindsey Jeffers
Elizabeth Joekes
Andrew Johns
Dr Ian Johnson
Professor Martin Johnson
Dr Tim Johnson
Dr Alison Jones
Rebecca Jones
Richard Henry Jones
Rita Jones
Dr John Justice BM BCh
RM Kalbag FRCS
Dr Daphne Keen
Celia G Kellett
Malcolm Kember
Dr Simon Kenwright FRCP
Dr David Kessler
Judy Kessler
Dr Sheila Kidd
Dr Peter Kirkbride
Vez Kirkpatrick
Dr Peter Kitchener
Tanya-Jane Knapp
Sir Peter Lachmann FRS FMedSci
Emma Ladds
Richard Lansdown
Bryan Lask MB BS MPhil FRCPsych
Yvonne Leavy
Professor John GG Ledingham
Dr Tony Ledwaba-Chapman
Gay Lee
Professor John A Lee
Dr Katherine Lee
Ann Leedham MA BA(Hons) RGN RNT
Dr Richard Lehman
Dr Antony Lempert
Dr Colin Lennon 
Dr Oscar Leonard
Dr Leila Lessof
Emeritus Professor Maurice Lessof
Val Levens
Liz Lewis
Dr Richard Lewis
Dr Stafford Lightman
Dr David Lister
Dr Dot Lister
Dr Helen Kaye Little
Dr Melanie Longhurst
Dr Jo Loughton
Mary Lowe
Dr John Macdonald FRCP
Dr Elisabeth Macdonald FRCR MA
Dr Gillian MacDougall
Dr Aidan Macfarlane
Dr Robert MacGibbon
Dr Shiona Mackie
Sheila Mackintosh  Millard
Dr Gale N Maclaine
Neil MacLennan
Dr Gill MacLeod
Professor Jill Macleod Clark
Dr Duncan Macpherson
Margaret MacRury
Dr Ken Magee
Dr Begum Maitra
Anthony Maden
Dr Jane Elizabeth Mann
Professor David Mant
Henry Marsh CBE MA FRCS
Alan Maryon-Davis FRCP FFPH
Bernard Mason MB ChB FRCP Lon FRCP Edin FRCPCH BA(Open)
Stephen Mason
Dr Bacha Master
Rachel Matthews
Linda Mavin
Dr Jackie Maxmin
Lista McArthur
Kieran McCarthy
Eugene McCauley
Dr Laura McClelland
Diane McDonald
Dr Catherine McDonnell
Martina McGill
Dr John McGough
Dr C John McHenry
Elizabeth McHenry
Gill McIlwaine
Dr Linda McIntyre
Gerry McKeating
Ian McLellan
Dr Tess McPherson
Dr Gillian Mezey
Dr Janet Michaelis
Professor AR Michell BSc Bvet Med PhD DSc MRCVS FRSA
Chris Middleton
Dr Jonathan Miller
Paul Miller
Dr Rachel Miller
Margaret Mills
Dr Janet Dorothy Milne
Dr Chrissy Milner
Dr Lydia Milnes
Dr Edward Mitchell
Dr John Mitchell
Dr Adam Moliver  MRCPsych
Dr Andrew Molyneux
Dr Pauline Monro
Professor Tom Morgan Hayes FRCP
Professor Peter Morgan-Capner DSc (med) FRCPath FRCP Hon FFPH
Dr Jane Mortensen
Andrew Morton
Ian Moss
Dr Margriet Mulder
Diana Munro
Malcolm Munro 
John Murie
Baroness Murphy
Dr Noelle Murphy
Dr Andrew Murray
Kevin Murray
Alan Nathan
Jacinta Neal
Dr Julian Neal
Dr AE Neill
Dr Michael Nelki
Julian Newell
Dr Hugh Newman
Patricia Niblock
Kannan Nithi
Dr Eileen Mary Nolan
Michael O'Donnell FRCGP
Dr Tim Paine
David Paintin
Ms Patricia Pank
Claire Parkin
Dr Hilary Parle
Dr Jim Parle
Tony Parsons
Jane Patchett
Dr Alison Payne
Dr Brian Payne
Eileen Peebles
Laura Perry
Robert Pettifer
Professor C I Phillips
Dr Chris Phillips
Dr Anna Pilkington
Pamela Pilkington
Mr Adolf Polak
Christine Pond
Stuart Potter
Michael Power
Dr Martyn Proctor
Dr Geoffrey Pullen
Indra Pullen
Reg Pyne OBE
Emeritus Professor Martin Raff
Mr John Ramage
Peter Ramsden
Dr Michael Rawlins
Dr Helen Rayner
Dr Juliet M Rayner
Amelia Redding
Alex Reed
Dr Hilary Rees
Dr Sian Rees
Professor Maria Rhode
Lucy Ridgway
Ashley Riley
Dr David Robinson
Madeleine Robinson
Stephen Philip Robinson MPhil(law) MB ChB MMJ FFFLM
Yvette D Robinson
Dr Jane Roblin
Dr Michael Rolfe MD FRCP DTM&H
Professor Michael Rosen FRCOG FRCA
Dr Rosemary Rosser
Dr RCG Russell
Dr Joanna Rustin GP
Simon Sacks
Claire Samwell
Anna M Sanders 
Karen Sanders MA RGN RNT
Professor Wendy Savage MBBCh FRCOG MSc(Public Health) Hon DSc
Dr Nick Sawyer
Richard Scheffer
Maggie Scott
Prof Stephen Scott
Dr Kishen Shanker
Dr Deborah Sharp
Dr Chris Shimell Metairie
Sandra Sidaway
Dr Nicolas Slater
Gillian Sleight
Peter Sleight
Dr Vivien Sleight
Danielle Small RMN
Annette Smith
Dr Dow Smith
Mr Joseph C Smith OBE MS FRCS
Dr Neil Smith
Janine Sonley
Judith Anne Southern 
Professor David Sowden
Dr Bebe Speed
Neil Spence
Professor Emeritus Nick Spencer
Dr Quentin Spender
Professor Lewis Spitz
Alison Spurrier
Elizabeth Stanley
Sakina Stannard
Dr Eleanor Steiner FFPH
Dr John Stephen
Dr Colin H Stevenson
Dr Ewen Stewart
SG Stojkovic FRCS
Dr Robin Stott
Mrs Hilary Stuart
Kate Sturgeon
Dr Ruth Suckling
Dr Akshay A Sule
Stephen Sutcliffe
Adrienne Swan
Dr Liz Sylvester
Professor Ray Tallis FRCP FMedSci DLitt FRSA
Dawn Tarr
Dr Patricia Tate
Dr Peter Tate
Sr H Taylor Dip HE Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons)
Dr Moss Taylor
Dr Phillippa Taylor
Dr Andy Theobald
Nicholas Theobald
Dr Alison Threlfall
Dr Susie Tinkler
Dr Andrew Tobias
Dr Clive Tonks FRCP FRCPsych
Dr Payam Torabi
Dr Peter Townsend
Dr Judith Trowell
Dr Emanuel Tuckman
Dr Gwen Turner
Dr Lucille Turner
Dr Richard Turner
Bryony Tyrell
Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen
Dr Arturo Varchevker
Dr Susan J Vaughan
Laurence Villard
Mrs Sharon vipond
Dr Deborah Waller
Mr John Wallwork
Dr Redmond Walsh
Dr Wolfgang Walter
Dr Christopher Ward
Dr Julia Ward
Lindsay Ward
Dr Lynda Ware GP
Dr E Waring
Professor Charles Warlow
Dr Tom Warnecke
Annie Waters
Dr Daphne Watkins
Dr Anne Watson
Linda Watson
Professor Christine Webb
Virginia Webb
Mrs Susan Westgate
Gillian Whiteley RGN
Dr Lucia Whitney
Dr David Wight
Dr Brian Wignall
Maggie Wilcox
Dr David Wilkinson
Elinor Williams
Dr Erbin Hughes Williams
Dr Kinga Williams MA PhD BSc DipClinPsych BABCPreg
Sara Williams
James Willis
Peter J V Willis
John Wilson
Dr Christopher Winearls
Professor Joy Wingfield
Dr Graham Winyard CBE FRCP FFPH
Isabelle Wood
Caroline Woodroffe
Dr Sarah Wookey
Dr Pam Wortley
Dr David Young
Ian Young
Dr John Young
Dr Gillian Yudkin
Prof John S Yudkin MD FRCP
Morris Zwi

 

Come the time if I had a terminal illness and was still in possession of all my faculties, I would welcome the option of having the wherewithal to end my life at a time and circumstance of my choosing

Sir Terence English, Steering Committee Member

Ann's statement is such a clear argument for assisted dying. I do hope her legacy will be this change in the law.

Dr Andy Chivers

I am so pleased that finally health care professionals will have a recognised voice in this very important debate.  As a retired specialist nurse in cancer and palliative care, and still involved on a personal level, I know there are a few situations where the best in palliative care is still inadequate.  We have more and more choices in life, but this very important fundamental choice is denied to those who would choose it for totally valid reasons.  Why should those people who decide to end their lives have to travel abroad, often prematurely in order to be fit to travel, or take measures in isolation at home?

Jill Highet, Advisory Committee Member

British palliative care has been judged to be the best in the world.  Brilliant!  To keep it this way we now need legislation to enable terminally ill, mentally competent people who wish to end their lives to do so themselves with help from health professionals.  If that is their choice, they should not be prevented by the law from receiving professional help.

Professor Philip Graham, Steering Committee Member

Dying matters and dying well is important.  Every adult with capacity and a terminal illness deserves the right to choose when to die.  Assisted dying should be part and parcel of good palliative care.

Dr Isky Gordon FRCR FRCP, Steering Committee Member

Health professionals currently assist terminally ill, mentally competent patients who wish to die.  A substantial minority of doctors and nurses believe that the law should be changed to decriminalise such assistance.  Because professional views are so divided, I believe that professional organisations such as the medical and other royal colleges should adopt a neutral position on the issue.

Sir Iain Chalmers, Steering Committee Member

I consider the key factor to be humane, compassionate treatment which, when I was taught in Medical School, was deemed to be the principle underpinning patient care but which seems to have got lost in the pursuit of protocols and targets.

Dr Ian Eastwood

This is the one area left where medical paternalism persists and where patient choice is denied. We will get there one day and people will look back and be amazed at the current state of affairs.

Dr Jacky Davis

I support Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying in their campaign for greater patient choice at the end of life.  All mentally competent adults should have the right to choose the manner and time of their death if suffering from a terminal illness.

Ms Joan Grundy

Each of us deserves the right to die with dignity. For a small minority, this must include being able to choose the time and nature of their passing.  Having lived with a potentially life limiting illness for 25 years, I would hope (should the need arise) that I would have the option to end my own life in a civilised and well managed manner, surrounded by my loved ones.

Jeremy Luke Castle

For myself I can only agree 100% with Dr McPherson's statements.  When it comes to the end of my life I would like incorporated into my personal life choices the right to die with dignity and with those I love and respect around me.  I do not want to have to go abroad away from my home and loved ones to end the indignity and pain I may have to suffer. 

Margaret Elizabeth Hilton

Having worked as a nurse for the last 25 years, I am still saddened by how poorly we support people in death. We talk of 'patient choice' in every sphere except when it comes to how to die.

Lista McArthur

It is unacceptable for a patient to die without dignity and in unnecessary pain.  The choice should be available to a competent person dying from a terminal disease to decide on the timing and place of their death. The current law places family members, friends or the GP of the dying person in an impossible position.  I would like to have the choice if this situation arises for me in the future.

Dr Noelle Murphy

I fully support these views so courageously put forward by Dr McPherson.

Peter Ramsden FRCS

Having worked with many people who suffered uncontrollable physical symptoms, severe distress and loss of dignity in the last days of their lives I would urge legislators to seriously consider the real issues and proposals put forward by this professional group and not to be influenced by emotive pressure groups.

Patricia Pank

I see my role as a GP to care for patients throughout their life. And one of the most rewarding things I do in my practice is to ensure that the end of life is valued as an important part of that life. Sometimes that can be hard to do when patients are forced to endure more life than they wish to.

Dr Neil Smith

From my personal and family experience and from my career as a family doctor I categorically support the aims of this group and applaud those who have set it up.

Dr James Willis

Patient centred care must include respect for the views of the patient about how and when they die. Properly regulated assisted dying should be among the options available at the end of life.

Dr Susan J Vaughan

I have watched too many patients die in ways that I would not wish for myself or my loved ones - in pain, in hospital when they wanted to be at home and after weeks or months of stating, in full understanding, that they wished to die. As a caring professional and as an empathic individual this always seemed inhuman and wrong. We need to give people the choice and support to die their death in the way they wish to in the same way we find it acceptable to allow them to live their life in their own way.

Dr Sian Rees

It is important for patients to have choice at the end of their life. Educated discussion of this issue has been submerged in a wave of emotion. It is time for rational and open debate.

Dr Ian McLellan

I strongly feel that in a civilised society it is time for change. I enjoy the challenge of terminal care for patients and take pride in trying to ensure as good symptom control as possible - but sometimes more is needed.   Thank you Ann for taking the lead.

Dr Jo Loughton

I support change to the law as I strongly believe in patient choice. Good palliative care is paramount but only the individual who is dying should decide if their suffering is too much to bear.

Dr Rachel Hopkins

Thank goodness - at last a body of professionals who deal with death every day, that have voiced their support in favour of a change in the law. We must educate those who fear death, and it is our duty, as committed and educated care givers, to offer our patients a choice, and the power to control their own illness.

Alison Hawes

I am saddened to read more and more accounts of our failure as health professionals and as a society to support those who are dying in achieving 'a good death'. The general public seem to have a better sense of humanity in this regard than many health professionals. I hope that we and parliament can catch up with them.

Dr Judith Harvey

It seems strange that I have the right to life but not the right to death.  I cannot accept that it is impossible to devise the safeguards needed to protect vulnerable individuals if assisted dying is legalised.

Professor Sir David Hall

I too would like the choice to die at home at a time of my choosing and support the campaign for the choice of an assisted death, subject to safeguards for terminally ill and mentally competent adults.

Gill Coverdale

I work with many people who are dying and I do not see assisted dying as in any way contradicting what I do to try to make the end of peoples' lives as good as they possibly can be. Many people do not want to end their lives prematurely with assistance but some do, and for those (mentally competent) people their decision should be respected, as with any other healthcare decision. 
 
I know this idea worries a lot of health care professionals, especially those involved with palliative care, and so I support this group which offers an opportunity for dissemination of ideas and constructive, informed debate amongst colleagues on this sensitive issue.

Gay Lee RN BA M MedSci
Palliative Care Nurse

I believe that opinion on assisted dying within the medical profession, as within the general population, is varied, and that this is not reflected at present by professional bodies.  I am in favour of regulated assisted dying and I believe that a more open debate would be in the best interests of our patients and would better reflect public and professional opinion.

Dr Oscar Leonard

From both personal and professional viewpoints as a nurse the evidence is that many people face a wholly unsatisfactory death. Whilst advances in palliative care offer peace of mind for many, it is clear that others would benefit from the opportunity for more control over the place, time and manner of their death. I think that such opportunities need to be transparent and openly discussed, but that in due course suitable laws can and should be enacted to enable the legal reduction of suffering.

Martin Johnson
Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Salford

I am delighted to champion Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying as it provides a voice for healthcare professionals and an informed resource for the public at a time when the debate surrounding choice and assisted dying is becoming ever more crucial.

Carol Haigh
Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University

As an Oncologist who has unfortunately cared for many dying patients I am all too aware that there are some problems which occur in advanced disease which palliative care is unable to control. In this relatively small number of cases the intensity of their suffering is such that I would support a change in the law to offer those people who choose to die sooner rather than later the freedom and support to make that choice.

Dr Elisabeth Macdonald FRCR MA
Consultant Emeritus Guys Hospital

Although modern palliative care enables many people to die in dignity and comfort, this is certainly not universal. For those approaching the end of their life, who wish to determine the time and place of their death, that option should, with adequate safeguards, be available to them.

Harriet Copperman OBE SRN

I support the local hospice. As a specialist myself, I know that no speciality can deliver all it aspires or claims to. Palliative care is no exception. I therefore support assisted dying for the terminally ill, when all else has failed, and if the person is mentally competent.

RM Kalbag FRCS
(Retired) Consultant Neurosurgeon

I believe that patients should be able to choose the one option which is currently denied them at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. This would actually provide safeguards by allowing them to talk openly about their wishes with a healthcare professional confident to provide the highest quality care within the legal framework.

Dr. Colin Lennon

I am supporting the group because I feel committed to help my patients enjoy the best quality of life and this includes making sure that they have the best quality of the end of life too. I would like every one of us to be able to choose for ourselves when we wish to end our lives and to do so with appropriate dignity. I would like to see a proper system in place for this to be done legally and acceptably in the eyes of medicine and the law.

Dr Joanna Rustin GP

I strongly feel dying need not be something we should be afraid of- if only we can stop it being synonymous with suffering.

Jacinta Neal

I support this group as I feel there is a place for the law to be changed to help those people who are able to make an informed choice to be able to discuss openly all the options, including assisted dying, at the end of their life with a healthcare professional.

Dr Liz Sylvester

I have been practising medicine for over 30 years. For much of this time I have been helping to provide what I hope is high quality "end of life care" in an NHS Continuing Care Unit. Experience has taught me that not every death is a good one, even with access to and help from our superb local palliative care service. It is simply a myth that all suffering, both physical and mental, can be relieved during the dying process. It is also patently untrue that patients of sound mind who wish to exert control over the time and mode of their death are necessarily clinically depressed.
 
Respect for religious beliefs and tolerance are the hallmarks of a civilised society and I have no wish to impose my humanist views on those, who for religious reasons, view assisted suicide as a sin. But in return, I believe passionately that opponents of a change to UK law should not impose their beliefs on the dozens of poor folk who I have seen die without dignity over many months of painful and anguished futility.

Dr Julian Neal

I absolutely support this campaign. I think the current laws must be and can be changed in order to allow people the basic right to a dignified death. As it stands many terminally ill people are forced to take their own lives alone and with no medical assistance. No one should have to die alone. If the law is changed it will allow people to live longer without the fear of unbearable suffering and to die a peaceful death with the support of their loved ones.

Bryony Tyrell

As healthcare workers we need to listen to the anxieties of those who are dying and learn to accept their adequately informed choices. Law change is now needed urgently to provide one further choice which the majority of people know should be available. It is wrong to impose other values on the patient and to try to stifle informed debate by raising misleading fears reflecting personal prejudices.

Dr Simon Kenwright

I am frequently deeply saddened at the way we care for dying patients in British hospitals. On countless occasions I and my colleagues have been incredibly distressed at the suffering of those we have been caring for. I believe that death is a manifestation of life which we should anticipate and treat with dignity and understanding. There comes a time when there is no value in further treatment. It is an individual’s right to say 'enough is enough'. Let us take these people home, to die in their own beds, surrounded by people they love and trust ....peacefully.

Alison Spurrier

Unendurable suffering, as defined by the patient, should not have to be endured when alternatives are available. The absence of pro-active assisted dying legislation leaves patients and relatives vulnerable and unsupported. Relatives face the terrible prospect of prosecution for ending their loved-ones' suffering. Those who are suffering are denied the respite they crave or the support that might be given were they to believe that they had a real choice in the matter.  The imposition of other people's values should no longer be permitted to obstruct humane treatment. The autonomy and dignity of the patient should be the paramount consideration.

Dr Antony Lempert

The arguments against change have been shown to be, at best, weak. The right to end one's life in a dignified manner should not, in the 21st century, be denied by a minority holding opposing views.

JD Cameron FRCPath

Modern medicine has given doctors - and hence their patients - the ability to predict the course of an illness with much greater accuracy than in the past. It has also given doctors the ability to keep people alive beyond any chance of useful recovery. The traditional view that 'while there's life there's hope' is often no longer appropriate or humane and indeed can become profoundly cruel. Patients with terminal illnesses should be allowed to make rational decisions about how and when their life should come to a close.

Henry Marsh CBE MA FRCS

To die at home or other peaceful surroundings of one's own choosing peacefully and with dignity is possible for many people. I work in general practice and aim to help palliative care patients achieve this. For the small number with certain symptoms or problems which are impossible to control or so severely affect an individual's dignity there should be a carefully considered alternative approach to dying to cut short suffering when chosen by them.

Dr Jill Bartlett

I firmly agree that the choice of assisted dying is needed and would be a valued choice to many, reducing their fear and empowering them.

Dr Dot Lister

I agree with Dr Ann McPherson and had come to the same conclusion gradually over many years. As a GP, I would want the same choice for myself in the same situation.

Dr Harriet Dickson

The profession is at odds with public opinion which is why I am keen that this group is supported. I encourage an honest debate about assisted dying. Wider public use of living wills should also be encouraged, which would be empowering for those too frail to advocate for themselves.

Marcus Harbord

As highlighted in the recent Demos report, the art of dying needs more respect and professional assistance rather than being regarded merely as a failure to live.

Dr Quentin Spender

I fully support a movement for change in this important end of life issue. Healthcare professionals are best placed to assess and work with patients so that they can have the best quality support to die in the manner of their own choosing.

Dr Jane Roblin

I agree with the vision and mission of HPAD, whilst also having a strong interest in Palliative Care. We should all strive for the highest standards of care at the end of life, and this should include the choice, for those patients able to express the wish, to have an assisted death. It will never be possible to fully palliate all suffering and to condemn some patients to such suffering denies them what should be a basic human right - a dignified and comfortable death.

Dr Jeremy Honeybun

My aunt, Geraldine McClelland, died at Dignitas yesterday (7 December 2011). It is with great pride and conviction that I support the cause of assisted dying. I witness the pain and protracted agong of the dying on a daily basis and more recently, I have lived it. It is without reservation that I feel that, for those who choose, assisted dying should be available to nurture dignity and choice whilst alleviating physical and psychological suffering in the terminally ill.

Dr Laura McClelland

 

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“I’m feeling pretty bloody awful. The nurse and doctor came today to incise the abscess around my chest drain and made the unhelpful suggestion that I might need some antibiotics even though antibiotics make me sick. The GP certainly understands where I am coming from, but when I said that I can’t understand why I have to carry on living like this and why I can’t just die, the nurse said, ‘Well you might change your mind.’  I think it very unlikely I will change my mind, and even if I did I don’t care. It is nice to see people but if I had the choice there is no question that I would prefer to be dead than to see people. Because I feel so ill."

"I know everyone is different. It’s nothing specific: I just feel ill, and there seems to be nothing that can make that better.  I feel really furious at this. I think it is cruel. In my practice I saw people who felt like this, and I felt I had let them down. I think my GP thinks that, but all she can do is say she is sorry and squeeze my hand.”

Dr Ann McPherson CBE
Founder of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying,
22 June 1945 - 28 May 2011