New health ministers back further debate on assisted suicide law

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 11 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6114
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The debate on whether the law on assisted suicide should change was reignited after two new health ministers, Anna Soubry and Norman Lamb, suggested at the weekend that there was a case for reviewing the legislation.

In an interview with the Times, Soubry, the newly appointed undersecretary of state for health, said it was “ridiculous and appalling” that British people had to “travel abroad” to end their lives.1 She criticised the present law for criminalising assisted suicide with sentences of up to 14 years in prison and called for greater honesty over when people would be prosecuted for …

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