The purpose of this statement is to clarify the position that Wigan and Leigh Hospice holds 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).
Wigan and Leigh Hospice acknowledges the deeply personal reasons that exist for individuals who wish to consider assisted dying. The Hospice recognises that assisted dying raises complex ethical questions for end of life care. This complexity is reflected in the diverse views on assisted dying expressed by members of society.
The mission of Wigan and Leigh Hospice is grounded in its philosophy to ensure the best possible quality of living and dying for the terminally ill. This means offering holistic care with the aim of ensuring a good, natural death. The hospice specialises in the alleviation of pain and other symptoms, and in the provision of emotional, psychological and spiritual support. We work alongside the NHS to provide the highest possible standards of palliative care for all who need it.
The hospice does not advocate the deliberate hastening of death. It remains our position that we endeavour to support patients to achieve the best possible quality of life leading to a natural death.