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Sir Chris Woodhead backs assisted dying bill

Plans for a new law on assisted dying are being discussed in the House of Lords.

The bill would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients with less than six months to live.

Supporters say it would give people control over when they die but critics have called it a "dangerous path".

Former Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Chris Woodhead, who has motor neurone disease, said he thought the bill was a good idea.

Sir Chris, who lives near Presteigne, Powys, said he thought anybody with a terminal illness should have the "freedom to determine the time and manner of their death".

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  • 18 Jul 2014
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