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The president of the British Medical Association argues against legalisation.

Ilora Finlay has specialised in the care of the dying for more than 27 years. She is an independent member of the House of Lords and current president of the British Medical Association. She co-chairs Living and Dying Well, a think-tank, and opposes the Assisted Dying bill brought before the House of Lords by Lord Falconer last year. Here she describes some of her clinical experience.

JENNY (not her real name) was a week or so short of her sixtieth birthday when she came into the hospice. She had advanced cancer and she, and her family, knew the end was close. And her family were devoted. Not a day went by without one or more of them at her bedside.

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