Jul. 20th, 2012

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] asrana at [Public post] Government consultation on Choice At The End Of Life
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In January of this year the Commission on Assisted Dying found that “the current legal status of assisted dying is inadequate and incoherent” and that there is “a strong case for providing the choice of assisted dying for terminally ill people”. In its report, the Commission set out proposals for a legal framework within which assisted dying could be practised safely.

The draft Bill that is the focus of this consultation builds on the recommendations of the Commission on Assisted Dying to propose a safeguarded assisted dying law.

The proposed Bill presents an assisted dying model which would allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults in England and Wales the choice of controlling the manner and timing of their death. Patients who request assisted dying would be assessed by two doctors to ensure that they satisfied pre-defined eligibility criteria. The details of the assessments, and other features of the proposed process, are set out in the consultation document alongside the draft Bill itself.

‘The purpose   of this consultation is to assess the robustness of the safeguards.’

The purpose of this consultation is to assess the robustness of the safeguards that make up the assisted dying procedure in the draft Bill. This will be done by asking the views of the public, health and social care professionals, patient representative organisations and legal experts. The APPG on Choice at the End of Life and Dignity in Dying want to work with others to ensure not only that patients at the end of life have choice and control, but also, crucially, to ensure that the safeguards work well in practice.

You can download the consultation document, including the draft Bill here. If you wish to, you can answer the consultation questions using this website here.

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For those who haven't been on LJ at all recently, just over three months ago I stopped using conventional shampoo and conditioner and started using bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar instead. I'm not sure exactly how long ago it was. I've lost count. I could work it out if I could be arsed looking at my diary but I can't.

My hair went back to being a greasy, manky mess when I tried to reduce the bicarbonate concentration about a month ago so I'm stuck with 1tbs in 250ml water. The apple cider vinegar concentration is unknown due to my method of pour some in a bottle and add water. This may have something to do with the occasional icky day. I just add a bit more vinegar and that goes away.

For the past couple of weeks, barring one occasion, my hair has been perfectly fine. Once dry it's soft and not greasy at all. It only starts getting greasy around day three which is perfectly normal for me. It may be slightly drier and frizzier than normal but I'm sure I'll figure out some method for conditioning it if that annoys me. Possibly coconut oil.

I've gone from paying £4 each for shampoo and conditioner to about £1 each for bicarb and cider vinegar. I'm on the first tub of bicarb and just started the second bottle of vinegar so I think I might be saving money. I honestly can't remember how long shampoo and conditioner normally lasted given that I went through phases of just not washing my hair when my mental health was really poor.

The itchiness is rather confusing. It's only itchy when it gets greasy. Am I allergic to mess/grease/myself? The steroid scalp lotion really did help as do antihistamines but as long as I wash it every three days it's bearable.

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