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DOCTORS AND END OF LIFE DECISIONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1480: tabled on 25 January 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 69 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House congratulates Professor Clive Seale and his team at the School of Social Sciences and Law, Brunel University, on the survey among doctors on End of Life Decisions; notes it is the first in-depth study of its kind in the United Kingdom; further notes that according to the survey, only 2.6 per cent. of doctors favour a change in the law relating to euthanasia and physician assisted suicide; further notes this is in stark contrast to the discredited claims by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society stating that around 50 per cent. of doctors in the United Kingdom wish to change the law to allow euthanasia; further notes that less than 0.5 per cent. of deaths in 2004 resulted from euthanasia but that this nonetheless amounts to 3,000 per annum; further notes that a further 30.5 per cent. of deaths were due to withdrawing or withholding treatment; recognises that in the majority of cases the decision taken would be due to the futility of the treatment concerned or because it would be too onerous for the patient; nonetheless calls on the Government to carry out further inquiries into what the British Medical Association has complained of as a tiny minority of doctors acting illegally in deliberately ending a patient's life; and further calls on the Government to check on patients' lives being deliberately ended through the withdrawal of treatment and to circulate guidance to hospitals to make it clear that this is in breach of the law on homicide.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Ancram, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
Devizes
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Rossendale and Darwen
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2006
Hexham
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2006
Leeds West
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Bootle
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2006
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2006
Canterbury
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2006
West Chelmsford
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 January 2006
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Blyth Valley
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 2006
Stone
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2006
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Bolton North East
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Crosby
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Burton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 31 January 2006
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 2 February 2006
Lagan Valley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 1 February 2006
Foyle
Engel, Mrs Natascha
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2006
North East Derbyshire
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2006
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 2 February 2006
Bethnal Green and Bow
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2006
Wycombe
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
North Wiltshire
Green, Damian
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2006
Ashford
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 14 February 2006
Suffolk Coastal
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2006
Birmingham, Yardley
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Bolton South East
Jones, Helen
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Warrington North
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2006
Liverpool, Walton
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2006
Gainsborough
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 22 March 2006
New Forest East
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
Mid Worcestershire
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Glasgow East
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 February 2006
South Antrim
McGovern, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Dundee West
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 20 March 2006
South Down
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2006
Nuneaton
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2006
Southport
Robinson, Mr Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 13 March 2006
Belfast East
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2006
North Cornwall
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2006
Romford
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2006
Torbay
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 7 February 2006
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 February 2006
Upper Bann
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Bradford West
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2006
Hazel Grove
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2006
New Forest West
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
North West Leicestershire
Vaizey, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2006
Wantage
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2006
North Dorset
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2006
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
Upminster
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 7 February 2006
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Conwy
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 January 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2006
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2006
Macclesfield
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 February 2006
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.