Preventing people wishing to die from gaining access to professional assistance is an "injustice", a former Director of Public Prosecutions has told the House of Commons debate on assisted dying.
Keir Starmer, now MP for Holborn and St Pancras, said one of the limitations of current prosecution guidelines was that people felt they could go to friends and family for help but not medical experts.
"They can have amateur assistance from nearest and dearest but they can't have professional help in that desire, unless they've got the means and the physical ability to get to Dignitas," he told the debate.
"That to my mind is an injustice that we have trapped within our current framework."
MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the Assisted Dying Bill, despite apparent public support.
MPs are set to vote on the right to die for the first time in 20 years today as controversial laws are subject to a landmark debate.
Described by the Archbishop of Canterbury as one of "the biggest dilemmas of our time", MPs are preparing to debate assisted dying.