Parkinson's and the debate on assisted suicide
There is ongoing public debate about assisted suicide and
euthanasia throughout the UK. This follows recent court cases, and
high profile media stories.
In Scotland, Margo MacDonald MSP - who has Parkinson's - has proposed legislation to allow
assisted suicide for people with terminal or degenerative
conditions, or those who are unexpectedly incapacitated. The
Scottish Parliament is considering her Bill.
Assisted suicide and Parkinson's
If changes to the law on assisted suicide or euthanasia are proposed, we will argue for safeguards to protect the interests of people with Parkinson's.
We recognises that for many people affected by Parkinson's, this
is a difficult and emotive topic.
We have held a neutral position on end of life decisions for
some years. We take the view that wherever possible, and within the
framework of the law, the decisions and wishes of people with
Parkinson's should be respected.
We are working with people affected by Parkinson's to make sure
our position reflects the current context and the full range of
views in this area.
Opinion polls show that people in the UK have differing views
about end of life decisions, informed by personal, social and
cultural factors. Parkinson's affects individuals from all
backgrounds. We believe that it is important that we support
everyone affected by Parkinson's, whatever their standpoint.
If changes to the law on assisted suicide or euthanasia are
proposed, we will argue for safeguards to protect the interests of
people with Parkinson's.
Making decisions around end of life care
We will continue to campaign to ensure that people with
Parkinson's receive the information and support they need to make
decisions about their end of life care, and for access to
palliative care services for people with Parkinson's.
Our free Preparing for end of life
booklet looks at practical and emotional issues relating to
Parkinson's and the later stages of life. This includes decisions
you may have to make, care options, and how to put your affairs in
For more information about our work in this area, contact Emily
Wooster, Policy and Campaigns Advisor, on email@example.com
or 020 7963 9322.
If you're affected by this debate and want to talk
confidentially with someone about your feelings, call our helpline 0808 800 0303.