Assisted dying is illegal in the UK. However for those that have the physical and financial resources, it remains an option, for example through travelling overseas. 150 Britons have travelled abroad to seek assistance to die.
The commission will be addressing the issue of assisted dying and the ethical and legal implications it potentially holds. It will run between the 30th of November until September 2011. A report will be published in late 2011.
The commission consists of individuals selected on the basis of their open mindedness and expertise. All commissioners are representative of their own beliefs and opinions, and not of any other organisation they may be affiliated to. Demos will be providing secretariat and administrative support.
For more detailed information regarding the commission's aims and members, please visit the website at: www.commissiononassisteddying.co.uk
A landmark report assessing whether the current legal and policy approach to assisted dying in England and Wales is fit for purpose.
A BMJ editiorial supports neutrality on assisted dying.
Simon Jenkins comments on the Commission on Assisted Dying's final report in the Guardian.
The Independent's leader describes the Commission on Assisted Dying's final report as 'a brave start'.
The publication of the final report of the Commission on Assisted Dying is covered by the Mirror.
The Commission on Assisted Dying is reported on in the Daily Mail.
The Telegraph's Martin Beckford reports on the Commission on Assisted Dying.
The Guardian covers the final report of the Commission on Assisted Dying.
The Commission on Assisted Dying is covered in the Daily Mail
The Observer reports on the Commission on Assisted Dying
Lord Falconer is interviewed about the Commission on Assisted Dying in the Observer.
The Daily Mail comments on the Commission on Assisted Dying.
The Guardian comments on the Commission on Assisted Dying.
The Guardian's Michael White references the Commission on Assisted Dying in his look at the political implications of Terry Pratchett's documentary 'Choosing to Die'
The Observer reports on Demos research which shows extreme delays in coroners' inquests.