APPG meeting on Choice at the End of Life, 3 Nov’20

The issue of assisted dying is hugely important and sensitive. Traditionally, votes on assisted dying have been a matter of conscience for the SNP. It is important that sensitive issues such as this remain free votes so that members of parliament can express their own views as well as those of their constituents.

Assisted dying in Scotland is an issue devolved to the Scottish Government. I am sure you will be aware that there was an Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill which fell in May 2015. Scotland has its own say in these matters and so I will leave it to the Scottish Parliament to determent the future in this area.

However, the SNP Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has dignity and respect at the end of their life. The SNP’s Programme for Government, published in 206, reaffirmed the Government’s aim that by 2021 everyone who needs palliative care will have access to it. This commitment is supported by the additional funding being allocated to the health sector in Scotland.