Primrose Hospice statement on Assisted Dying.

 The term ‘assisted dying’ is often used to describe circumstances in which a person is either helped to end their own life (physician-assisted suicide), or where there is a deliberate act to end a person’s life (euthanasia).

Assisted dying is a complex subject which raises challenging ethical questions for hospice care. Primrose Hospice recognises that across society there is a range of different views, and respects the right of everyone to take an individual position. It is our view that the question of whether there should be a change in the law is one for society to consider and for the parliaments and assemblies across the UK to decide.

The Values of Hospice and Palliative Care

The whole ethos of hospice and palliative care, as defined by the World Health Organization, is that it ‘intends neither to hasten nor postpone death’. This philosophy is a cornerstone of hospice care in the UK.

It is our belief that access to good quality hospice and palliative care support is a fundamental human right, and whilst historically hospice care was offered mainly to people with cancer, increasingly, and certainly at Primrose Hospice, it is also available to people with a range of long term non-malignant conditions from which they will not recover.