Matt Hancock wants a new debate on legalising assisted suicide

Matt Hancock wants a new debate on legalising assisted suicide as he requests data on Britons with terminal conditions who have killed themselves Health Secretary asked for figures from statistician Sir Ian Diamond last week Matt Hancock reportedly said data will provide further information for debate  In the UK, assisted suicide is illegal and can be punishable by up to 14 years in jail It follows nearly 50 senior doctors calling for an inquiry into the ban last year Anyone seeking help can call Samaritans free on 116 123 or visit Samaritans.org 

By Katie Weston For Mailonline

Published: 01:31 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 01:31 BST, 2 May 2021

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Matt Hancock wants a new debate on legalising assisted suicide after asking for data on Britons with terminal conditions who have killed themselves. 

The Health Secretary requested the figures from the UK's top statistician, Sir Ian Diamond, last week.

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During a private meeting, Mr Hancock told the All Party Parliamentary Group for Choice that he hopes the data will provide further information for a discussion on legalising doctor-assisted suicide across the nation, reports The Telegraph.

In the UK, assisted suicide is illegal with anyone helping or encouraging someone to take their own life in England and Wales facing up to 14 years in prison. 

During a private meeting, Matt Hancock (pictured in London on Saturday morning) reportedly told the All Party Parliamentary Group for Choice that he hopes the data will provide further information for a discussion on legalising doctor-assisted suicide across the nation

During a private meeting, Matt Hancock (pictured in London on Saturday morning) reportedly told the All Party Parliamentary Group for Choice that he hopes the data will provide further information for a discussion on legalising doctor-assisted suicide across the nation

Mr Hancock told MPs and peers that he had asked the statistician 'to consider what should be published in terms of statistics that can inform the debate in this country.'

He also said that he wants the figures to 'shed more light on the data of those at a time of their choosing'.  

Mr Hancock reportedly explained that he was initially against assisted suicide, but was left impacted after speaking to Sir Paul Cosford, who served as Public Health England's medical director and died last month after a four-year battle with cancer.

He added: 'I think it is important that public debate is informed by the best

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