Assisted suicide: how the chattering classes have got it wrong

Document type
Odone, Cristina
Centre for Policy Studies
Date of publication
18 October 2010
Health Services
Social welfare
Material type

Download (389KB )

Assisted suicide is the final consumer fantasy because it appears to offer a painless and speedy death resulting from a hygienic medical procedure that leaves no mess. Assisted suicide is still illegal in Britain, but advocates of voluntary euthanasia argue that it is a choice that should be available to all. It is argued here that legalising assisted suicide would expose disabled, poor and less articulate people to pressure to accelerate their death from hospitals and care homes keen to free up resources and from greedy relatives.