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27 June 2023 - Assisted dying/assisted suicide - Oral evidence

Committee Health and Social Care Committee
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide

Tuesday 27 June 2023

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)

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MPs to question Dignitas in Assisted dying/assisted suicide inquiry

Representatives from Swiss “right-to-die” organisations Dignitas and EXIT will give evidence in the fourth session of the Committee’s inquiry.

Meeting details

At 9:30am: Private discussion
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
Practicing geriatrician and nursing home physician, reader for clinical ethics at University of Zürich
President at Swiss Medical Association (FMH)
Professor of Biomedical Ethics at University of Geneva, and member of the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics
At 10:45am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
Team member at DIGNITAS - To live with dignity - To die with dignity
Director at EXIT (Deutsche Schweiz)

MPs are expected to probe the provision of assisted dying/assisted suicide assistance by Dignitas to UK citizens who travel to Switzerland and the criteria required. The evidence session presents a rare opportunity for questions to be put directly to Dignitas. EXIT limits its services to Swiss citizens or permanent residents. The Committee is likely to examine costs of services, checks involved in the procedures and the availability of palliative/end of life care in Switzerland. With a separate panel of academics and representative of the Swiss Medical Association, the Committee will consider the Swiss legal framework for assisted dying/assisted suicide, the operation of membership organisations such as Dignitas and EXIT, and the monitoring of AD/AS, including safeguards for vulnerable people.


Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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