Most Scots back assisted death clinics as campaign calls for a change in the law

Only a fifth of Scots could afford £10k cost, while 69 per cent would consider breaking the law to help a terminally ill loved one die abroad.

Most Scots would consider travelling to Switzerland for an assisted death – but only a fifth could afford the £10,000 cost.

A poll also reveals more than 69 per cent would consider breaking the law to help a terminally ill loved one die abroad.

The Dignity in Dying group, who are campaigning for the laws to be changed in this country, said 53 per cent of people in the UK would contemplate killing themselves at clinics such as Dignitas while assisted dying in the UK is illegal.

But poorer Scots couldn’t afford it – patients who travel to Switzerland must find at least £10,000 for travel, hotels and fees including administration, doctors, a psychiatrist
and the clinic itself.

The report says the current Scottish law is untenable and is failing terminally ill people and their loved ones.

Dave Finlayson, 67, from Dundee, has motor neurone disease and participated in the research.

He said: “I joined Dignitas. I worry though – I’m going to have to travel there when I’m still in reasonable shape and that could be taking years off my life.

“I worry if I leave it too late, I will be trapped. I hate having to make that choice – go early and lose time or get trapped and suffer.

“I find it difficult that there is nobody I can talk to about this. If the Scottish Parliament could bring in new laws on assisted dying, it would be an end to all my problems.”

Dignity in Dying dirctor Ally Thomson said: “We urge MSPs to examine the evidence before them and act to provide terminally ill Scots with the option of an assisted death in their final months, in the country they call home.”

● A move to change the law on assisted dying was defeated in a vote in the Scottish Parliament in 2015.

Source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/most-scots-back-assisted-death-11511554

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