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Assisted dying: terminally ill man urges UK law change after police investigate his plans

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l631
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A terminally ill man with motor neurone disease has urged MPs to change the law to allow assisted dying in the UK in an open letter sent on the day of his assisted death in Switzerland, in which he recounted the distress caused to him and his family during a police investigation.1

Geoffrey Whaley, 80, was given a diagnosis of motor neurone disease in 2016. With no legal option of assisted dying in the UK, he decided to travel to Dignitas in Switzerland to end his life. But several weeks before his scheduled journey he …

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