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Ilora Finlay: Hooked on Candy Crush

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3956

In the latest in its series asking the movers and shakers of the medical world about work, life, and less serious matters, The BMJ spoke to the crossbench member of the House of Lords and champion of palliative care


Ilora Finlay, a member of the House of Lords, is professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff. Her frontline experience of end of life care has led her to oppose changing the law to permit doctor assisted suicide, which she believes would put vulnerable people at risk of harm. She has also championed better palliative care and greater respect for elderly people, a ban on smoking in public places (which came about), and a change in the law on organ donation from “opt in” …

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