I've just been emailed with the news that the Parliamentary Health Select Committee met today and has agreed to set up an inquiry to fully investigate the matters raised by the petition on end of life choice.
Hon Maryan Street's (and nearly 9000 others') petition asks that the committee “investigate fully public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation which would permit medically-assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition which makes life unbearable”. Health Committee chair Simon O’Connor has said today, “I would like to see a thorough investigation that covers as many aspects of this topic as possible in a responsible and robust manner.”
That is a great outcome, indeed the very best that could be hoped for, given the intransigence of most of our Parliamentarians on this issue. As one for whom a changed approach to the subject may have a very personal relevance some time in the not too distant future, I am really pleased that we have at least moved forward to this extent.