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When a patient asks for help to die: what the law says, plus how to respond

With debate continuing over changing the law on assisted dying, here’s what you need to know

With debate continuing over changing the law on assisted dying, here’s what you need to know

  • Fear and anxiety over a potentially painful death may lead patients to consider seeking help to end their lives
  • The latest attempt to change the law on assisted dying has prompted concern it could lead to allowing it for other groups such as people with a disability
  • Advice on how to respond to patients’ questions and concerns, the use of advance decisions, and how to offer support to cope with pain

Alison Pickard had been a nurse for more than 40 years, often caring for patients at the end of life, when she diagnosed with motor neurone

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