Woman With Crohns Wants To End Life In Swiss Clinic Because Of Cuts To Social Care
Regular readers know how very strongly against assisted suicide I am. The thought that someone is considering assisted suicide because of cuts to care makes me more sad than I can say.
A woman who suffers from Crohn’s disease has chosen to end her life at an assisted suicide clinic after Government cutbacks caused her to lose vital care.
Marie Lopez, 54, is spending £10,000 to go to the Lifecircle clinic in Basel, Switzerland and end her life in about three months’ time.
Ms Lopez, a former city analyst who lives in Buckinghamshire, was first diagnosed with the disease more than 30 years ago when she was a teenager, and has since been battling with the severe pain.
In 2015, 1,004 people died at assisted death clinics in Switzerland, and 222 of those were at Dignitas clinics (above)
She has self-funded her care for the past seven years after social services cutbacks led to her care being cut from 38 hours a week to seven.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, she said she has now made the decision to go to the clinic after her condition worsened.
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is an illness where a person experiences inflammation in the digestive system.
Symptoms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhoea and anaemia.
The symptoms make it difficult for people to eat as the experience severe discomfort.
According to the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK, more than 115,000 are affected by the disease.
She said: ‘Independent living in Britain is one of the biggest cons going. I paid 40 per cent tax in the UK for more than 20 years, but when I fell ill there was no real help.
‘The cuts are killing people and I do not want anyone else to suffer the way I have.
‘This is not something I am doing on a whim or as a protest. Social services are not responsible for my illness or my full decision to die, but their actions, policies and the stress caused encouraged me to do it early.’
Buckinghamshire County Council has been contacted for comment.