End of life issues

Issues surrounding the end of life continue to provoke controversy and debate, with deeply and passionately held opinions on all sides of any argument. The position of the Church however remains that, while the relief of suffering is an obligation, the artificial ending of life is unacceptable.

The Church and Society Council has produced an update for the earlier Board of Social Responsibility publication on Euthanasia, which can be downloaded below. Contact the Church and Society office to obtain copies of the original book or the supplement at churchandsociety@cofscotland.org.uk

End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill

This Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 20 January 2010. It was debated on 1 December and defeated by 85 votes to 16. To read it, visit www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/bills/38-EndLifeAssist/index.htm

Living and Dying Well: A National Action Plan for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland

The Scottish Government produced a report on Living and Dying Well: A National Action Plan for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland, which can be read on its website at www.scotland.gov.uk/.

Proposed Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Government's consultation on Proposed Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill can be read at www.scottish.parliament.uk/ . The Church responded to the consultation below, and to the call for evidence on the Bill.

Death Certification, Burial and Cremation

The Church responded to the Scottish Government below.