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


Letter from the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

  Thank you for inviting the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care to submit written evidence to the Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care is the umbrella and representative body for palliative care in Scotland. Our members include NHS, voluntary and professional organisations engaged in the commissioning, delivery and development of palliative care.

  Many of our member representatives have participated in the UK wide consultations carried out by Help the Hospices and by the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland, and we have not therefore felt it appropriate to conduct our own additional consultation in response to the Select Committee's call for evidence.

  However, the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care would take a general view that the Bill is contrary to the ethos of palliative care which, in the World Health Organisation 2002 definition "intends neither to hasten nor postpone death".

  We would therefore broadly support the position taken by the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland in opposition to this legislation.

  The text of this letter above has been circulated to all our member representatives (total 92) inviting them to register any objection to a response in these terms from the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. We received no objections, one statement that a full consultation should have been carried out by ourselves and 29 unsolicited statements of support. I trust this will be of use to the Select Committee.

August 2004



 
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