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Christian charity supports end-of-life care move amid assisted-dying debate

by Sophie Drew

A Christian charity is supporting proposals to improve end-of-life care amid debates regarding assisted suicide.

The Government has announced support for an amendment to health and care proposals, which would give every dying person in England the legal right to care.

Baroness Ilora Finlay has been at the helm of the campaign for a long time.

It comes as member’s propose the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide; a move that CARE is against.

Both the charity and the Baroness have previously expressed hopes that the new legislation surrounding end-of-life care would lessen support for the legalisation of assisted-dying.

Ross Hendry, CEO of CARE, said: “Today’s announcement by the UK Government is truly historic. For many years, those engaged in end-of-life care have warned about serious and growing gaps in provision. It is past time a legal right to care was established, to ensure all people have the support they need at the most challenging time any of us face.

"We warmly welcome the government’s pledge and congratulate Baroness Ilora Finlay in particular on the success of her long-running campaign for change.

“This announcement comes as the UK is again embroiled in a sensitive debate about issues at the end of life and ‘assisted dying’. CARE strongly believes that providing high quality palliative care for every person is the right approach to ensuring every person can die well with dignity.

"We should not concede to voices that are demanding dangerous and regressive changes that will undermine patient safety, dignity, and equality. We want a society where hope and help are at the centre of our response to human suffering, not lethal drugs.”

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