Assisted dying is when a person who meets specific criteria under the End of Life Choice Act 2019 is helped to end their own life by taking or being given certain medication. This is done by, or in the presence of, a doctor or a Nurse Practitioner (a specialised nurse).
Assisted dying is different from when people choose beforehand not to receive treatment, eg, when someone chooses not to be resuscitated if something like a heart attack occurs. Choosing to not receive medical treatment ahead of time is covered by an advance directive. You cannot choose to receive assisted dying in an advance directive and nor can anyone who holds an enduring power of attorney for you or who is a welfare guardian make this decision for you.
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