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Assisted dying/assisted suicide

Inquiry

The Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into assisted dying/assisted suicide.

We would like to hear your views, which will inform the report we write and the recommendations we make to the Government.

At the same time, we can’t help you with individual problems. You may be able to get support or advice from the organisations listed at the bottom of this call for evidence.    

Let us know your views

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 The responses will not be published but extracts from individual responses may be quoted anonymously in our report.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 hsccom@parliament.uk.

If you are submitting on behalf of an organisation or as a researcher, or wish to make a detailed submission, you can submit formal written evidence through the portal.  Please first read the important information on this webpage and the terms of reference on the portal page. Your submission should be no more than 3,000 words.

Terminology

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology briefing note on assisted dying defines the term as follows:

“Assisted dying refers here to the involvement of healthcare professionals in the provision of lethal drugs intended to end a patient’s life at their voluntary request, subject to eligibility criteria and safeguards. It includes healthcare professionals prescribing lethal drugs for the patient to self-administer (‘physician-assisted suicide’) and healthcare professionals administering lethal drugs (‘euthanasia’). It is an offence (in England and Wales) to assist or encourage another person’s suicide under section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961. Euthanasia is illegal across the UK under the Homicide Act 1957 and could be prosecuted as murder or manslaughter.”

Safeguarding and support

If you have immediate concerns about yourself or someone else, you should contact the Police on 999.

In addition to your GP, the following organisations may be able to offer support or further information:  

  • Samaritans– Support and guidance for everyone.  Call 116 123 - 24 hours a day every day or Email jo@samaritans.org
  • The Silver Line- Support for older people; a free confidential helpline providing "information, friendship and advice" to people aged 55 and over, and support for "older people who are suffering abuse and neglect"; open 24 hours a day every day.  Call 0800 4 70 80 90
  • Mind - For information, advice, and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Call: 0300 123 3393.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 20 January 2023.

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Contact us

We can't usually help you with an individual problem or a specific complaint.

  • Email: hsccom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (Non-media Enquiries) 020 7219 6182 / (Media Enquiries) 020 7219 6832/ 077 5310 1017
  • Address: Health and Social Care Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA