When I was at the vets the day my late Charlie was euthanized, at the moment the veterinarian concurred with me that it was the correct decision to “put him to sleep”, I remarked, through a torrent of tears and a heart contorted with anguish, that I hoped I’d have someone like me around when my time came to die. I was not boasting. I was simply stating the obvious that we should be allowed to die with dignity and peacefully.
I was there looking out for my cat, making sure that his last moments were comfortable and that his passing was as gentle and as serene as possible, not slow, painful and agonising.
At lot of human deaths in hospital wards are unsatisfactory. We don’t know how many but a very great number of elderly patients die in hospital in a variety of mysterious ways some plainly killed by hospital staff. There is confusion and despair amongst an army of elderly ladies and men at this very moment in NHS hospitals across the country.
It is my view that the time is overdue to allow people to assist their loved ones to voluntarily euthanize themselves. In the words of veterinary surgery to be PTS. That would put us on a par with our cats.
There is a bill going through the House of Lords at the moment, the Assisted Dying Bill for the terminally ill. It should be passed. It is time.
Provided proper safeguards are in place, assisted dying is very civilised, far more civilised than the current state of affairs in many NHS hospital wards today.
People should be allowed to die when they want to. No one is given the option whether they wish to enter the world or not. At least rectify that injustice by giving them the right to leave the world peacefully and with dignity at a time of their choosing.