GOVERNMENT plans to legalise intentional killing or “assisted dying” of people with “intolerable” symptoms who are “expected to die within 12 months” are a bad idea.
The 12 months life expectancy criterion can only be somebody’s guess.
Good doctors are never happy about forecasting likely time of death.
Such predictions can never be exactly right. Spontaneous remissions happen.
New treatments become available. Likewise, regarding “intolerable” suffering.
Suffering can often be aggravated by inadequate therapy for pain control, anxiety, depression, nausea etc. also by other reversible factors including loneliness, fear of dependence or family conflicts.
If these are addressed, the situation may become more tolerable...
That’s my view after 50-plus years of doctoring (now retired).