Edinburgh West MP calls for national debate on assisted dying

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Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for a national debate on assisted dying to protect the safety of those suffering from terminal illness.

People with severe and potentially terminal health conditions are more than twice as likely to take their own lives than the general population, new data from the Office for National Statistics has shown.

Ms Jardine said: “People suffering from terminal illnesses are being let down by the current law and this is reflected in these deeply troubling statistics.

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“It is simply not right that those who have had to endure so much are left helpless and forced to resort to suicide. Patients are not being protected and more will suffer the longer the current law remains.

“This is exactly why we urgently need a national debate on assisted dying. It is our duty as politicians to discuss and debate the arguments on all sides and find a solution.”