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Living Wills

Asked for the Prime Minister’s view on the issues of living wills and Euthanasia, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister supported the Government’s position. That position was that this legislation was not about Euthanasia, this was about clarifying the situation so that the current practice was codified. We did not believe that this extended the law but it did formalise what already happened. The Government’s position was supported by many of the 35 leading charities in this field. The Government had responded seriously, and recognised that there were disagreements about the decision. That was why we had moved to clarify the position, but it was a position the Government believed was right. Asked what the Prime Minister’s response was to the shambles in the Commons and the lamentable performance of the minister concerned, the PMOS said that the PM have been involved in other meetings, but it was not unusual for points of clarification to be introduced on to the floor of the House.

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