12 May 2014 20:00 - 22:00
Legalising assisted dying is a contentious issue.
Some people believe that this would provide safeguarded choice for terminally ill adults, and prevent prolonged suffering for those people who want to have a choice over when and how they die. Others believe that legalizing assisted dying puts vulnerable people at risk of being pressured into agreeing to their own deaths, and undermines the value and importance of good palliative care at the end of life. Leading experts – including those with family and/or professional experience of assisted dying and end-of-life care – will present short position statements reflecting their considered views about whether or not assisted dying should be legalized.
There will be plenty of time for questions to the panel and for discussion with audience members. (Note that light refreshments are available from 7.15pm before the talks.)
Ray Tallisis Patron of Dignity in Dying and Chair of Health Care Professionals for Assisted Dying (HPAD). Ray is a past Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford 1988-2006 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Kevin Yuill researches and teaches American history and contemporary issues in American society at the University of Sunderland. His most recent book, Assisted suicide: The liberal, humanist case against legalization, will appear in paperback in September of this year. He has published on the issue of assisted suicide in the New York Times, the Spectator and spiked.
Lesley Close is co-editor (with Jo Cartwright) of Assisted Dying: Who makes the final Decision. She dedicates the book to all those who have travelled to Dignitas to be given help to die, including her late brother, John Close. Lesley’s chapter describes her brother’s life and death, explaining her commitment to changing the law to permit assisted dying in the UK.
Dr Bill Hulme is a consultant in Palliative Medicine in York, working both at St Leonards Hospice and York District Hospital. He has been involved in the care of patients facing life-limiting illness for 10 years and has a special interest in extending care to more patients who do not have a cancer diagnosis.
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