None of the cases she cites would qualify for a 'merciful release', even on her terms; they are suffering because neither their families nor the state are prepared to invest the time and money required to make them comfortable.
I do not question her concerns about the quality of life of desperately ill old people. What alarms me is that behind these noble sentiments lies a wish to remove them because they are a burden to others.
It is precisely because the high ideals of mercy killing can so easily be contaminated with such base, self-interested motives that euthanasia must remain unlawful.
Professor of Psychiatry for
University of Leicester