Page 7, 21st January 2000

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The Winterton Bill — action required

From Mr Patrick McKay Sir, There is growing practice within the medical profession of withdrawing assisted food and fluid from disabled patients, causing their death due to dehydration and/or starvation.

Some doctors (including the British Medical Association) are describing this as "withdrawal of treatment", but the provision of adequate food and fluid surely is basic care and a human right.

Mrs Ann Winterton MP has introduced the Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill into Parliament and its Second Reading will take place on 28 January 2000. Mrs Winterton's Bill intends to prevent doctors from intentionally causing the death of their patients, either by actions they do take or actions they fail to take.

The medical profession exists to save life, not destroy it. It is vital, in the true meaning of the word, that as many as possible write to their MP at the House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A CIAA urging them to attend the House on 28 January and vote in favour of Mrs Winterton's Bill.

Yours faithfully PATRICK MCKAY Bedford

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