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RCGP members vote to maintain opposition to assisted dying


Having watched my father die a slow and lingering death from a brain tumour which, before finally killing him, subjected him to several strokes which robbed him of his movement and, ultimately, his dignity (This is not a criticism of any care he received - they were all magnificent) but here was a man who, through his life as a pharmacist, had helped lots of people in the community, was destined to spend his last few months having his backside wiped and his dinner fed to him because he could not do it himself. I was forced to stand by and watch my hero degenerate and suffer daily bouts of weeping due to his circumstance. This has altered my view of assisted dying. If he had been a dog and we had allowed him to linger in this manner, we would have been in court, and rightly so. What does it say about society, and the keepers of the nations health in particular, if we treat a dog with more love, kindness and humanity (sic) than we do a family pet. I understand there will be those who are squeamish about taking that step but that comes with the job. Life at any price is often at too high a cost

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22 Feb 2014

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