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Assisted dying/assisted suicide

Inquiry

The Health and Social Care Committee is holding an inquiry into assisted dying/assisted suicide.

The deadline for submitting written evidence or responding to our online form has now passed. We are publishing the written evidence we have received on the publications page of the inquiry. Please note that the written evidence and roundtable transcripts contains details that some readers might find distressing.

We are currently holding oral evidence sessions for this inquiry. Details are available below.

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.

Reports, special reports and government responses

View all reports and responses
Second Report - Assisted Dying/Assisted Suicide
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
HC 321
Report
Response to this report
Third Special Report - Assisted Dying/Assisted Suicide: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2023-24
HC 744
Special Report
Third Special Report - Assisted Dying/Assisted Suicide: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2023-24
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
HC 744
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

View all oral evidence transcripts
4 July 2023
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
Oral Evidence
27 June 2023
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
Oral Evidence
6 June 2023
Inquiry Assisted dying/assisted suicide
Oral Evidence
Anonymised (ADY0374)
Anonymised (ADY0057)
Dr Kerstin Braun (Associate Professor at School of Law and Justice, The University of Southern Queensland, Australia) (ADY0506)

Contact us

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

  • Email: hsccom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (general enquiries) 020 7219 6182 | 020 7219 6832 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Health and Social Care Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA