Warning on end-of-life support

23 November 2012

by a staff reporter

NEW proposals to allow assisted dying in the UK fail to recognise its "potentially damaging consequences", said a statement released last Thursday by the C of E Mission and Public Affairs Council.

Responding to a draft Bill from the All Party Parliamentary Group Choice at the End of Life, the Council stated that a change in the law allowing people to help others to die would "have far-reaching and damaging effects on the nature of our society; a price too great to pay for whatever perceived benefits they might arguably bring to a few".

Any changes would make it difficult to promote important messages about suicide prevention and compassionate end-of-life care, the Council said.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, has asked for assurances from the Government that palliative care for terminally ill patients will not suffer from financial cuts.

He told the House of Lords: "Many relatives are glad to be volunteer carers, but without good induction, support, and respite, they can easily become overextended and exhausted, and their anxiety or disappointment in themselves disturbs the loved one for whom they are caring."









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