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Info about the All Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life

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All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) are not official or government bodies, they are committees of Parliamentarians with an interest in a particular topic. They include members of both Houses of Parliament: the Commons and the Lords, and are open to, but do not necessarily include, people from all political parties. They have to have at least 20 members from the parties of government, and at least 10 from other parties, at least six of whom must be from the main opposition party.

Many of those concerned with health and social care issues are set up and/or supported by lobbying organisations. For example, the one on dementia is provided with a secretariat by the Alzheimer’s Society and the one on ageing and older persons by Age UK.

Link to further information about APPGs.

Link to official information on the APPG on choice at end of life.

The APPG on ‘choice at end of life’ is supported by ‘Dignity in Dying’ the pressure group trying to get a change in the law on the right to die for people at the end of their lives.

Link to the website of the APPG on choice at the end of life.

In the recent publication of a Draft Assisted Dying Bill, the APPG presented itself like this:

The APPG on Choice at the End of Life and Dignity in Dying are concerned with the quality of people’s deaths. As a Group we advocate the right of dying people to make decisions about how and when they die. We do not advocate a right to die for people who are not terminally ill. We believe that dying people should not be made to suffer needlessly and should be able to have what they believe to be a good death.

Link to the consultation and draft bill.

Its secretariat and statement of aims makes clear that it is not a neutral or balanced organisation: it has a specific objective which is pro-assisted dying.

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Written by Malcolm Payne

13 November 2012 at 12:48 pm

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