Retired accountant who took his own life at Dignitas urges MPs to change the law on assisted dying

Retired accountant who took his own life at Dignitas urges MPs to change the law on assisted dying

Mr Whaley’s letter to MPs began: “By the time you read this, I will be dead.”

He went on: “The law in this country robbed me of control over my death. It forced me to seek solace in Switzerland. Then it sought to punish those attempting to help me get there. The hypocrisy and cruelty of this is astounding.”

Mr Whaley said that the gradual loss of his faculties since being diagnosed with MND in 2016 had felt like “bombs dropping” on him but said he remained strong for his family.

“I did not fear death, but I did fear the journey,” he said. When I eventually got the ‘green light’ from Dignitas, a weight lifted; I was able to get on with living without the constant mental anguish over my death.

“But then, as I was saying my final goodbyes and preparing myself for the end, the final, biggest bomb dropped and I could no longer keep it together.

“This bomb was in fact an anonymous phone call to social services who informed the police of my plans to go to Switzerland. Within hours Ann and I were facing a criminal investigation. The thought that I might not make it to Switzerland, or that, if I did, Ann might be facing 14 years in jail for helping me, was almost too much to bear.”

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