Recession has heightened euthanasia 'danger' to disabled and elderly, claims peer

By March 12, 2014 Recent News

The Telegraph 12 March 2014
The threat to frail elderly and disabled people from relatives tempted to get rid of them under the guise of euthanasia has grown “dramatically” in the wake of the economic downturn, one of Britain’s most prominent disability campaigners has claimed.
Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, who suffers from a degenerative illness, issued an impassioned plea in the House of Lords against moves to further relax Britain’s laws on assisted suicide.
She said that it was a “dangerous time” to consider any change.
She argued that part of the legacy of the long economic downturn and austerity programme had been a serious hardening of attitudes towards vulnerable members of society.
Pensioners and disabled people are routinely branded “scroungers” or accused of being a “burden” and in some cases suffering open abuse and even attacks, she said.