" We assess mental capacity for the protection and treatment of our patients, not to clear the way for them to commit suicide", says Professor of Psychiatry Baroness Hollins

Sick people need help to live, not help to die


Proposals on assisted dying by Lord Falconer are not supported by the medical profession

On the day that Lord Falconer's self-styled commission on assisted dying publishes its report recommending the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide, Baroness Sheila Hollins writes in The Telegraph, as former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, that proposals to legalise physician-assisted suicide are not supported by the majority of doctors.  Focusing on mental capacity, listed as one of the campaigners' safeguards for a law on 'assisted dying', she observes that "there seems to be little real understanding of what mental capacity means or how to establish such an understanding". 






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