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Dignity in Dying Debate: Kelly Taylor

Kelly Taylor has been given less than a year to live.A thirty-year-old terminally ill woman Kelly Taylor, who has been given less than a year to live, wants doctors to increase her medication to induce a coma-like state. Her doctors have refused her requests, saying it amounts to euthanasia. Kelly is to launch a legal battle and a full court hearing is scheduled for the end of March.

Andrew Ilchyshyn and the Coventry Medical Society would like to invite you to a debate about this topical and thought-provoking subject. Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the charity 'Dignity in Dying' will be speaking at the event as well as University of Warwick Anglican Chaplain, Reverend Mark Bratton, Dr Nick Jackson, Consultant Haematologist and Dr Duncan Watson, Critical Care Consultant.

‘This house believes that the law should be changed to allow physician assisted dying’

The speakers will give their insights into the controversial ethical and moral issues that this Bill uncovers. You are invited to hear their views, and contribute to the discussion.

Clinical Sciences Building, University (Walsgrave) Hospital, Coventry

Thursday 8 March 2007 - 19.30

Wine and buffet from 18.30

annett.jpgDeborah ANNETTS

Deborah Annetts became Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying in 2001, then the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

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Deborah is Dignity in Dying’s main spokesperson and drafted the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill with Lord Joffe. She regularly comments on assisted dying and Living Wills in the media and on television. She has spoken both nationally and internationally on end of life making decision making from the perspective of the patient, and is the leading expert in this area.

Mark BRATTON

Mark was a practising barrister, specialising in medical law prior to his ordination as an Anglican priest. In addition to his Chaplaincy work he teaches medical ethics and law in the Medical School at the University of Warwick.

Coventry Medical Society

Coventry Medical Society promotes fellowship and education for doctors in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Other family members and guests are very welcome.

Please inform Adele Arnett if you would like to attend this event - Tel: 02476 966306 or Email: adele.arnett@uhcw.nhs.uk Spaces are limited so please book early.