Tuesday, 21st June (11.45am to 12.30pm)
THE ASSISTED DYING BILL: A BRIEFING
Speakers: Dr Jacky Davis, Board Member, Dignity in Dying & BMA Medical Ethics Committee; NPC Chair, Jan Shortt.
Assisted Dying is a powerful but divisive issue across society, with strong arguments on both sides as to whether it should ever become law. At the moment, Baroness Meacher’s Private Members’ Assisted Dying Bill is going through the committee stages of the House of Lords. At the request of many NPC members we have invited Dignity in Dying, chaired by the Baroness, which was established to make the case for assisted dying. As the Baroness is currently unwell, Dr Jacky Davis from Dignity in Dying will give a presentation on what the Bill actually intends. The NPC holds no position or opinion either way on the debate – we are simply offering a briefing. We have not, at the request of Officers, invited anyone opposed to assisted dying to take part as we did not want to turn the briefing into a potentially distressing debate. However, Jan as Chair, will put the views of opponents, as well as NPC members’ questions to Dr Davis. Jan will also stress throughout that the NPC does not support one argument over the other.