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Scots Catholic Blog
|Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:59 AM|
Doctors in Scotland have made clear their opposition to assisted suicide as the Health and Sport Committee continues to hear evidence on the proposed new legislation at Holyrood.
In an open letter to The Herald fifteen senior clinicians expressed their concern that 'legalisation of assisted suicide would expose our patients to internal or external pressures to consider [the option of assisted suicide], creating a dilemma which would compound their distress and prejudice their treatment and its outcome.'
In response to the view that the prospects for many patients is 'bleak, agonising and undignified', the doctors said that 'palliative care in our country is world leading....Our patients, and their families, consistently tell us that good care made all the difference and we know that the overwhelming majority will experience a peaceful and comfortable end to life.'
The letter then ends with a real concern about how wide the eligibility for assisted suicide could be under the new legislation and suggests that 'it would be far more productive to alleviate suffering by affirming our world-leading quality of palliative care and bringing the wider availability of that care up to the level of excellence already provided for cancer patients.'