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‘Increasingly unbearable’: Jonathan Dimbleby criticises UK’s law against assisted dying

‘Increasingly unbearable’: Jonathan Dimbleby criticises UK’s law against assisted dying

‘Increasingly unbearable’: Jonathan Dimbleby criticises UK’s law against assisted dying
Feb 27, 2024 49 secs

He spoke as MPs prepare to publish a report into assisted dying on Thursday amid polling showing three-quarters of the public support legalisation within strict guidelines.

In December, the broadcaster Esther Rantzen announced she had joined the Swiss assisted dying organisation Dignitas after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

In October, the Isle of Man parliament backed a proposal to allow terminally ill, mentally competent resident adults to choose an assisted death.

Nicholas Dimbleby was a celebrated sculptor whose works included public statues of the footballer Jimmy Hill and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Less than a quarter had cancer and more than half had neurological conditions, for which accurate life expectancy estimates are often less predictable, the study in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care found.

Before he died, Nicholas Dimbleby told Jonathan in a BBC Radio 4 documentary: “I shall decide when I stop … I will say I shan’t dwindle to nothing in a miserable way and I shall take control of how I end.

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