Lords debates patients' right to die

11 December 2013


A former Justice of the Supreme Court, the proposer of a Private Member’s Bill on assisted dying and the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service will debate the case for patient choice at the end of their life, on Thursday 12 December.

The debate will be opened by Lord Dubs, former member of the Human Rights Joint Committee, who tabled it, and said:

"This debate comes at a critical time for the development of end-of-life care.

"The replacement of the Liverpool Care Pathway, the review of the Mental Capacity Act, the recent passage of the Care Bill through the Lords and Lord Falconer's upcoming Assisted Dying Bill all have implications on how patients wish to be treated at the end of life.

"Broadly speaking, the direction of travel for end-of-life care is positive. But there is still more to do. The public would overwhelmingly like greater choice over their care and treatment at the end of life, and I want this debate to discuss what this means in practice."

Other Members scheduled to speak include:

Lord Alton of Liverpool, Stamford, Baroness, Baroness Hollings, Lord Tombs, Lord Rowe-Beddoes, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, the Earl of Glasgow, Lord Singh of Wimbledon, Lord Purvis of Tweed, Baroness Masham of Alton, the Bishop of Sheffield, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Lord Hylton, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, the Earl of Arran and the Bishop of Chester are also expected to take part.

Baroness Jolly will respond on behalf of the Government.