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Dignity in Dying is dedicated to changing the law to put patient choice and the wishes of the individual at the heart of end of life legislation. We are funded entirely by voluntary donations so any contribution that you can make has a meaningful impact on our work.
For those in the late stages of terminal or chronic illness, it must be unimaginably hard to face the last weeks of life without control and in many cases, without dignity. The majority of adults want to die in comfort, surrounded by loved ones at a time of their choosing. Sadly, for most people this is not an option.
Over a quarter of doctors have received a request for help to die by a terminally ill adult and 66% of nurses support a change in the law. As it stands medical staff are unable to respect patients' wishes without risking prosecution or imprisonment, but there is evidence to suggest that in some cases practitioners are administering pain-relief medication in the knowledge that it will help suffering patients to die. If this practice does occur then it is completely unregulated under current legislation.
That's why Dignity in Dying is campaigning so hard to change the law. We want terminally and chronically ill people to be able to control the time and manner in which their life ends, and medical staff to be free to respond to their patients' wishes within a regulated framework of safeguards that protects both medical staff and vulnerable individuals.
"Other countries have laws which work well to provide choice and dignity for people with terminal illnesses and protect the vulnerable. A change in the law is long overdue."
Zoe Wanamaker CBE
Your support at this vital stage will play an important part in securing a future where everyone has the right to dignity in dying.