Assisted dying laws to get conscience vote in NSW

Legislation to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill patients is expected to go before another state parliament this year.

The draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 would mean patients in NSW could request a doctor to assist in ending their life.

The laws would only apply to those over 25, who are expected to die within 12 months and experiencing “extreme pain, suffering or physical incapacity”.

Doctors would prescribe or prepare an “authorised substance” for the patient.

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