Baroness Murphy

A Dignified Death

Baroness Murphy

A working sunday for me today, preparing for speaking at the 2nd National Conference on Palliative Care  next thursday morning about my support for legislative change to permit medically assisted dying for the terminally ill. At present many palliative care physicians, unlike over 80% of the general public, are against the idea and I know I…

Peculiar hours

Baroness Murphy

Someone commented on our odd hours; I think it was in response to Lord Norton’s blog about our especially early start at noon next Tuesday for the long Lisbon Treaty Debate, which I am looking forward to. We have had lots of ministerial and opposition briefing about it and while I started out as quite…

Easter brings out bloggers

Baroness Murphy

The pace of blogging is hotting up no end, I see my colleague peers are joining us and that’s great. I try to persuade as many of my colleague crossbenchers as I can, I think I got Baroness Deech hooked the other day but failed with Lord Walton, who reckons as he’s now in his…

I was wrong about BMA

Baroness Murphy

I was so right ( see my last blog) to meet the BMA representatives today to talk through their concerns about the Health and Social Care Bill. In fact the anxieties which some of their members had expressed about the new fitness to practice procedures seem to have been addressed by their discussions with the…

Preparing for a Bill

Baroness Murphy

Like other blogging peers I’ve been amazed and delighted by the response of you blog-watchers. It’s certainly an incentive to carry on. A very busy couple of days for me. Yesterday was my Council meeting at St George’s University of London. I’ve been Chair of Council, the governing body of this college of the University…