Charity wants more choice in end-of-life care
Responding to a report that there is overwhelming public support for a law allowing medically assisted dying for terminally ill people, national charity Help the Aged has it will not support changes in legislation in assisted dying.
The charity’s director of policy and external relations Paul Cann said that, while death was unavoidable, what was avoidable was the undignified and impersonal way in which many older people die in the UK.
“Choices must be available for older people known to be dying so they can have the kind of death they would prefer,” said Mr Cann.
“It’s vital that policies are set in place and followed. Health and care services must concentrate not only maximising quality of life for the living but also on providing a good quality of death too.
“Current taboos around death and dying mean that older people are too often not consulted on their preferences, with many health professionals not geared up to meet their emotional needs and provid