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Hewitt seeks suicide law change

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A woman who helped her brother travel to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to end his life in 2003 has called for more clarity in the law on assisted dying.

Lesley Close, whose brother John was one of the first patients to use the clinic, told the BBC that it had been very difficult not knowing what the legal consequences of her actions might be.

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has tabled an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill seeking a law change "in line with current practice" which would make it legal for people to take terminally ill patients abroad for assisted suicide.

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