Committee Updates June 2015

Assisted suicide

The Health and Medical Law sub-committee has submitted a briefing for MSPs in advance of the Stage 1 debate on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill reiterating its concerns that a lack of clarity on definitions contained in the bill and ambiguity of the proposed legislation may give rise to difficulties in enforceability.  The committee also reasserted the Society’s opposition to a blanket provision enabling solicitors to act as proxies to sign a request for assisted suicide where the person making the request is blind, unable to read or unable to sign themselves.  Being a solicitor does not, of itself, qualify an individual to assess a person’s mental capacity in the consideration of ending his or her own life.

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