Author calls for UK to set up tribunal for assisted suicideBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c648 (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c648
- Clare Dyer
One of the United Kingdom’s best selling authors has called for an assisted suicide tribunal to which people could apply for permission to end their lives at a time of their own choosing.
The call by Terry Pratchett, who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease, came as the BBC released the findings of a poll showing that nearly three in four people believe that a friend or relative should be able to assist a terminally ill loved one to commit suicide without fear of prosecution.
In the 2010 Dimbleby lecture, “Shaking Hands with Death,” on BBC1, Sir Terry said, “If I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly …