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A majority of UK doctors and the general public support assisted dying, according to a series of articles in the British Medical Journal. Over half of doctors agreed that assisted dying should be legalised in certain circumstances, according to a survey of 733 doctors referenced in an article by cardiologist…
Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, new research shows. Prostate Cancer UK said the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now dying from prostate…
A woman in her late 60s who was "locked into the end stage" of multiple sclerosis died in late 2015 after a Court of Protection judge allowed medics to cease artificial feeding. The woman's daughter had told how her mother was "completely incapacitated" and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to…
Relatives want a sick man with severe learning disabilities to be allowed to "die naturally" even though specialists say he is not near the end of his life and should be fed artificially. A judge in the specialist Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental…
Too many seriously ill children and their families are still unable to access decent end of life care, with a "cruel postcode lottery" meaning many cannot decide where they die, charities have warned.Having to plan and prepare for a child's end of life care and death is the "most stressful,…
Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway said the voices of the terminally ill "deserve to be heard" as he won the first stage of his Court of Appeal challenge to an earlier ruling on assisted dying. The 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness,…
Drugs used to treat two rare cancers have been turned down for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) advised against the medicines as it ruled the cost outweighed the benefits, despite being allowed more flexibility around the decision since they are used to treat…
Three key standards for looking after people with dementia are only "adequate or less" at almost four out of 10 care homes, a report by inspectors revealed. Overall the Care Inspectorate found that more than half of the 145 homes it examined were "performing at a good or better level…
Terminally ill people should stop being forced to "self-certify" they have only months to live in order to claim Universal Credit, an SNP MP will tell the Commons. Drew Hendry is set to use an adjournment debate to criticise the "heartless new requirement" for Universal Credit claimants, even if they…
The grieving parents of children who have died will no longer have to pay burial or cremation fees, the Welsh Government has said. The Wales-wide move, coming into effect from Thursday, follows a campaign by Labour MP Carolyn Harris. Describing the announcement by Wales' first minister Carwyn Jones as "momentous",…
The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
A new project to transform the aftercare and improve the quality of life for cancer survivors is being delivered by Sheffield Hallam University thanks to a £2.5million funding award by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Barts Health NHS Trust and…
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