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Call for Evidence

Terms of reference

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If you are an individual, you were able to let us know your views until Friday 20 January. The responses will not be published but extracts from individual responses may be quoted anonymously in our report. An Easy Read version is available upon request, please email the Committee team on

Terms of reference and instructions for submitting written evidence

Please make sure your written submission is no more than 3,000 words and addresses the terms of reference below.  Your submission does not have to answer every question; it can focus on as many or as few as you want.

  1. To what extent do people in England and Wales have access to good palliative care? a) How can palliative care be improved, and would such improvements negate some of the arguments for assisted dying/assisted suicide?
  2. What can be learnt from the evidence in countries where assisted dying/assisted suicide is legal?
  3. What are the professional and ethical considerations involved in allowing physicians to assist someone to end their life?
  4. What, if any, are the physical and mental health criteria which would make an individual eligible to access assisted dying/assisted suicide services?
  5. What protections could be put in place to protect people from coercion and how effective would these be?
  6. What information, advice and guidance would people need in order to be able to make an informed decision about whether to access assisted dying/assisted suicide services?
  7. What capabilities would a person need to be able to consent to assisted dying /assisted suicide?
  8. What should the Government’s role be in relation to the debate?