Suicide tourism numbers 'double in four years'

Suicide tourism is on the rise, experts said after they found that the number of people travelling to Switzerland to take their own lives had doubled in four years.

One in five people who travelled to Zurich for assisted suicide between 2008 and 2012 were from the UK, researchers found.

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Campaign calls for law change as 'suicide tourism' rises

Right to die campaigners are calling for a change in the law after it was revealed that one in five people who go to Switzerland for an assisted suicide are British.

Supporters say a big increase in so-called "suicide tourism" shows that terminally ill Britons should be able to end their lives at home.

ITV News Correspondent Harry Smith reports.

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Lord Falconer: Suicide tourism 'only allowed for the rich'

Lord Falconer pictured ahead of a debate in to assisted dying this year. Credit: PA

Introducing the Assisted Dying Bill in the UK would not lead to more death but to less suffering, Lord Falconer said during a debate in the House of Lords, as figures released showed that the number of of people travelling to Switzerland to take their own lives had doubled in four years.

The current situation leaves the rich able to go to Switzerland, the majority reliant on amateur assistance, the compassionate treated like criminals.

It is time for a change in the law but only a very limited and safeguarded change.

– Lord Falconer

Suicide tourism numbers 'double in four years'

Suicide tourism is on the rise, experts said after they found that the number of people travelling to Switzerland to take their own lives had doubled in four years.

One in five people who travelled to Zurich for assistedsuicide between 2008 and 2012 were from the UK, researchers found.

Suicide tourism numbers 'double in four years' Credit: GAETAN BALLY/Keystone Switzerland/Press Association Images

Experts from the University of Zurich analysed data from the Zurich Institute of Legal Medicine database on assisted suicide of non-Swiss residents during the five year period.

They looked at 611 cases from 31 countries around the world - 126 of which were people from Britain. Their paper, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, found that in 2008 there were 123 cases of suicide tourism, while there were 172 cases reported in 2012.

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