Author calls for UK to set up tribunal for assisted suicide

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c648
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    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 …

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