Monthly Archives: June 2011

Great articles (yes, I’m back)!

Before I forget, check out these two articles from today’s news:

Daily Mail article on assisted suicide

While I violently disagree with absolutely everything the Daily Mail stands for and 99.9% of the tripe published within it, I think everyone should be aware of this horrid issue that people like me have to think about.  Specifically,

‘Travelling to Switzerland means people with degenerative diseases who wish to die have to do so earlier than they feel necessary, to avoid it becoming too late to make the journey. Sir Terry said, “That’s what makes me so angry, because I am absolutely sure that if Peter had not had to go to Dignitas, he would probably still be around now.”‘

Before anyone starts panicking, I also heartily echo Sir Terry’s sentiments on assisted suicide: ‘I have no particular interest in ending my life in Switzerland… Actually, I don’t want to die at all, to tell you the truth.’ Couldn’t agree more! I just think that if I did want to let go I should have the same rights to do it as any able-bodied person without having to travel to Switzerland or jeopardising my loved ones.

BBC article: Neurology care ‘is lacking’

All I have to say to this is NO SHIT! When my dad wrote to Theresa May, his MP, to draw her attention to the need for a government-wide, logical approach to help people with motor neurone disease, all he got back was a form letter extolling the virtues of the National Service Framework for Long Term Neurological Conditions. Yeah, because we can all see how useful THAT’s been! It’s about time politicians woke up and realised that saying things SHOULD be done isn’t as useful as actually making sure that they ARE being done in an appropriate, efficient and adequately-funded manner.

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