End of Life Choice Bill

8 Request made

(1)

A person who wishes to have the option of receiving assisted dying must tell the attending medical practitioner of his or her wish.

(2)

The attending medical practitioner must—

(a)

give the person the following information:

(i)

the prognosis for the terminal illness or grievous and irremediable medical condition; and

(ii)

the irreversible nature of assisted dying; and

(iii)

the anticipated impacts of assisted dying; and

(b)

talk with the person about his or her wish at intervals determined by the progress of his or her terminal illness or medical condition; and

(c)

ensure that the person understands his or her other options for end of life care; and

(d)

ensure that the person knows that he or she can change his or her mind at any time; and

(e)

encourage the person to talk about his or her wish with others such as family, friends, and counsellors; and

(f)

ensure that the person knows that he or she is not obliged to talk to anyone; and

(g)

ensure that the person has had the opportunity to talk about his or her wish with those whom he or she chooses; and

(h)

do his or her best to ensure that the person expresses his or her wish free from pressure from any other person by—

(i)

talking with other health practitioners who are in regular contact with the person; and

(ii)

talking with members of the person’s family approved by the person; and

(i)

complete the first part of the prescribed form requesting the option of assisted dying by recording the actions he or she took to comply with paragraphs (a) to (h).