The Swiss canton population of Zurich yesterday voted overwhelmingly to retain their legal framework on assisted dying. 87% of the voters wanted to retain assisted suicide (legal since 1941 without any ‘slippery slope’ having been induced) and the vast majority wanted to retain the practise of offering a service to terminally ill people from abroad without adding a residency qualification. We know this is a broadly similar proportion of the UK population who support the need to change the law to allow that small number of terminally ill people who wish it to avail themselves of an assisted death at a time of their choosing. The Swiss law is not as well framed to include safeguards as I would wish but we could do better, coming to it later. The pity is that we allow people to travel abroad to die when most of these individuals would so much prefer to die at home with family and friends around them.