New health minister supports right to die
Terminally ill people in Britain who want to end their lives should be allowed to, according to one of David Cameron’s newly promoted health ministers.
In an interview to the Times, the new Under-Secretary for Health, Anna Soubry, said laws on voluntary euthanasia were dishonest. She said: “The rules that we have about who we don’t prosecute allow things to happen but there’s a good argument that we should be a bit more honest about it.”
She added: “I think it’s ridiculous and appalling that people have to go abroad to end their life instead of being able to end their life at home.”
Norman Lamb, another new health minister, supported Ms Soubry’s comments and said the Government should debate the positives and negatives of reform.
But the director of the Care Not Killing campaign Peter Saunders said the current law on the right to die is “clear and right”.
He said Anna Soubry was using her new position as a platform to “propagate her personal views” and said the Government must not pursue this issue as it has been “overwhelmingly rejected” by Parliament four times in the last six years.