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Essays


A History of Assisted Dying in the UK by Jo Cartwright
Jo has worked at Dignity in Dying since 2006 and she brings her wealth of knowledge to this subject. Beginning with the death of George V in 1936 she covers some of the most important events up to the Nicklinson/Lamb case.
 



A Faith View of Assisted Dying by Reverend John Cartwright
John is a Congregational Minister and philosophy tutor. His conclusion is that God approves of helping people to die when the person being helped is near to death and is in great distress.

 


Assisted Dying Around the World Today by Davina Hehir and Philip Satherley
Davina, Dignity in Dying's Director of Legal Strategy, and Philip, Research and Policy Manager, combine forces to examine the places where assistance to die can be legally provided. Focusing mainly on Oregon they also discuss practice in the Netherlands, Washington State, Belgium and Switzerland.
 


A Nurse's Perspective on End-of-Life Care by Andrew Heenan
Andrew has spent much of his life in nursing and gives a valuable inside view of life on hospital wards including the provision of pain relief for dying patients over the years.
 


The Future for Assisted Dying in England and Wales by Sir Graeme Catto
Explaining in detail the steps Lord Falconer's Private Member's Bill will take as it passes through the Houses of Parliament, Graeme is hopeful that the UK public will increasingly insist that greater choice at the end of life becomes a reality for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.
 


The Right to an Assisted Death by Professor Ray Tallis
As a doctor with thirty-five years' experience Professor Tallis provides the final chapter and explains that palliative care, even when it is first-rate, doesn't guarantee a pain-free death. He also deals convincingly with the objections raised by opponents of assisted dying including the much-used 'slippery slope' argument.
 





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