Politicians are running behind in the VAD debate
Opinion piece by Kit Malthouse, Conservative Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire UK
In reflecting on the defeated Assisted Dying Bill last year in the UK, Kit Malthouse MP recalled his initial confidence ahead of the vote and his surprise at the “heavy loss”. He concluded that “MPs are a strange group, and there are several groups who are over represented,” he remarked, namely “people with a strong religious convictions” and doctors – whom he deemed “deeply influential”. Malthouse lamented that assisted dying was the ‘business class’ option. “At the moment we do have dignity in dying, but only for the rich. You can buy your way to a dignified death by going overseas.” Peter Squires, shared his 12 month experience of ‘buying’ his mother’s way to a dignified death in Switzerland.