The group met on 2 March to discuss the ethical, professional and legal issues concerning assisted dying.
We had the benefit of contributions from three members of the group with professional experience in palliative care, and the issues were explored with sensitivity.
Not surprisingly, there was no consensus of opinion. Some argued that the individual should have the right to choose and that it is wrong to prolong life when an individual is suffering or in severe pain, whilst others considered that any change in the law could jeopardise the rights of vulnerable people.
The discussion moved on to a more general consideration of health and social care services and their role in the provision of good quality health care and palliative care.
A special thanks to John Mellor for leading the discussion and to Lorna Bate and Gabrielle Mauger for their professional insights.