Select Committee on Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 2398 - 2399)

THURSDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2005

DR KLAUS HOTZ, DR GIANCARLO ZUCCO, PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN SCHWARZENEGGER and MS SARAH J SUMMERS LLB, EXIT

  Q2398  Chairman: Good afternoon. It would be very helpful if you could give us a description of the structure of EXIT. I think I am right in saying that EXIT has different organisations in the different parts of the Federation, depending on whether it is the German area or the French area. Is that right so far?

Dr Hotz: Mainly we have EXIT in the German-speaking part. There Dr Zucco and I are members. Then we have in the French-speaking part an EXIT organisation and that was the first EXIT organisation in Switzerland. Now we have a new organisation, DIGNITAS, which is probably the one you know in England because people who travel from England to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide come to DIGNITAS.

  Q2399  Chairman: We have just come from DIGNITAS .

Dr Hotz: Of course we are rather critical of DIGNITAS. EXIT thinks it is working more seriously and we are not making suicide tourists because we think that is the wrong thing to do.


 
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