[/news/matt-hancock/index.html 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.
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 [ ].
In the UK, assisted suicide is illegal with anyone helping or encouraging someone to take their own life facing up to 14 years in prison in England and Wales
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
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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 statistics.'
The Health Secretary requested the figures from the UK's top statistician, Sir Ian Diamond (pictured above, during a media briefing), sbobet indonesia last week
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