Assisted dying

The purpose of this statement is to provide our position on assisted dying for those diagnosed as terminally ill and anticipated to be in the last months of life.

Assisted dying is a term that describes the situation where a person is helped to end his/her own life (physician-assisted suicide), or where there is a deliberate act to end a person’s life (euthanasia).

The philosophy of St Leonard’s Hospice is to care for people until they die. We never seek to shorten life and are here to bring a high quality of care to our patients. Our patients and their families tell us that they do achieve a quality of life when they are in our care and that is what we aim to provide for them.