UK patients ‘suffering as they cannot afford assisted dying overseas’

With many spending their final months in pain, a campaigner says: ‘This is not how a civilised country should treat its citizens’

Thousands of terminally ill people who want to travel abroad to end their life in specialist clinics can not afford the costs of doing so, leaving them to face often “painful and traumatic deaths at home”, according to a new report.

The study by the campaign group Dignity in Dying says the UK is outsourcing death to Dignitas – the assisted dying organisation in Switzerland – which only the better off can afford.

Related: We have to get better at supporting patients right to the end of life | Liz Callaghan

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