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Euthanasia And Palliative Care

EDM number 869 in 2010-12, proposed by Thomas Docherty on 20/10/2010.
Categorised under the topics of Health services and Medical ethics.

That this House welcomes the Government's statement that any change to the law on assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia is a matter for Parliament to consider rather than one of Government policy; notes the ongoing efforts of the euthanasia lobby to bring about the legalisation of these practices; further notes that, although campaigners often proclaim their wish to see a change in the law limited to the licensing of assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill, they often appear to be supportive of practices which go beyond these limitations; believes that the existing law, with its flexibility not to prosecute in appropriate instances, provides an optimal combination of deterrence with compassion; opposes as dangerous to vulnerable people any change in the law relating to assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia; endorses the report by The Economist's Economic Intelligence Unit ranking the UK as top of the list of 40 OECD and non-OECD nations for quality of care of the dying; and calls on the Government to continue investing in palliative care.

This motion has been signed by a total of 16 MPs.

Thomas Docherty20/10/2010Dunfermline and West FifeLabourProposed
Mark Durkan20/10/2010FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Peter Bottomley20/10/2010Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Jim Dobbin21/10/2010Heywood and MiddletonLabourSeconded
James Gray21/10/2010North WiltshireConservativeSeconded
Alan Meale21/10/2010MansfieldLabourSeconded
John Pugh22/10/2010SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
David Crausby22/10/2010Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Naomi Long27/10/2010Belfast EastAllianceSigned
Paul Murphy28/10/2010TorfaenLabourSigned
Lady Hermon10/11/2010North DownIndependentSigned
Annette Brooke24/11/2010Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Beith24/11/2010Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
Rosie Cooper02/12/2010West LancashireLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell09/12/2010Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Roger Williams16/02/2011Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned

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