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Assisted suicide 'a step closer to legality'

Legislation allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients to die is to come before parliament in the next few months, according to a report.

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Assisted suicide 'a step closer to legality'

The government will not stand in the way of a change in the law on assisted dying, the Telegraph reports. Credit: Andrew James/Media Wales/PA Wire

Legislation allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients to die is to come before parliament in the next few months, the Telegraph reports.

The government said it will not block a change in the law, according to the newspaper, indicating Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians could be given a free vote on the issue.

At present, anyone who helps another person kill themselves could face up to 14 years in prison.

However, new guidelines from the director of public prosecutions in 2010 indicated that loved ones "acting out of compassion" were unlikely to be charged.

However, medical professionals remain prohibited from assisting death.

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