In early December, an inquiry was launched to explore the arguments across the debate with a focus on the healthcare aspects of assisted dying. The inquiry considers the role of medical professionals, access to palliative care, what protections would be needed to safeguard against coercion and the criteria for eligibility to access assisted dying/assisted suicide services.
MPs will also look at what can be learnt from international experiences. Evidence sessions are expected to begin in the new year. MPs will make their recommendations to government on next steps in a report following the inquiry.
The Commons Health and Social Care Committee will hear evidence on the complex issue amid growing public support for law change. The MPS will examine the role of medical professionals, access to palliative care, safeguarding against coercion and eligibility criteria.