Assisted dying campaign video accused of ‘scaremongering’
A campaign group's video of a patient dying in agony in a hospice has provoked outrage from doctors and nurses, who say it is '"scaremongering" and "sensationalist".
Dignity in Dying, which produced the film, said it was "a realistic portrayal" of the deaths of a minority of people in the UK.
In a report, it claims 17 people die in pain every day, despite the best care.
Hospice UK said the video was "designed to frighten vulnerable patients".
"This is misleading and irresponsible campaigning," said chief executive Tracey Bleakley.
"A sensationalist and inaccurate video" had been released to publicise Dignity in Dying's report, which was actually a "sensible report worthy of widespread discussion", she said.
But no campaign could justify scaring people away from the care and support they desperately needed, she added.
On Twitter, healthcare professionals lined up to criticise the film.
An NHS palliative care doctor said: "The very last thing the debate on assisted dying needs is deeply misleading and wildly inaccurate portrayals of dying in a hospice."
A palliative care nurse tweeted: "I have witnessed 100s of deaths. However, I have NEVER seen someone die like this."
"This is not truth," tweeted GP Dr Andrew Green, who has been a GP for 40 years.
But other people recognised the portrayal of suffering in the film.
"I witnessed my wife suffering like this in a hospice. I think you need to accept that pain meds can't always alleviate the pain," said David Felton on Twitter.
"My mum died exactly like this, in spite of the commitment and dedication of the hospice drs and nurses," wrote another tweeter.
"She was in agony for 11 days. It was horrendous."
Dignity in Dying, which supports assisted dying, said palliative care could "provide a good death to a great many people", but for a small number it was not possible to relieve all their pain and suffering.
The group said this was reflected in its report, which contains graphic accounts from bereaved relatives who had witnRead More – Source