But Dr Gordon Macdonald, chief executive of Care Not Killing
, said: "Euthanasia and assisted suicide would undermine palliative care rather than improve it.
Care Not Killing
has previously said: "These are not imagined fears as we only have to look at what is happening in the tiny number of places that have legalised assisted suicide."
But campaign group Care Not Killing
, which is opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia, said: "Independent evidence shows the majority end their lives because they feel they have become a care burden."
Byline: DR GORDON MACDONALD Care Not Killing
Dr Peter Saunders of the Care Not Killing
alliance said: "It will make it more likely that severely brain-damaged A-patients will be starved or dehydrated to death in their supposed best interests and these decisions will be more influenced by those who have ideological or financial vested interests in this course of action.
Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing
, described the ruling as "concerning and disappointing news, because it removes an important safeguard from those without a voice".
"This is utterly deplorable," said Alistair Thompson, of the Care Not Killing
But Alistair Thompson, of UK's Care Not Killing
alliance, said: "It sends a chilling message.
Care Not Killing
campaign director Peter Saunders said: "They have done this because they have witnessed mission creep in the tiny number of places that have changed the law to allow assisted suicide and euthanasia - countries like Belgium, the Netherlands and the American state of Oregon."
But Peter Saunders, director of the Care Not Killing
campaign, said: "They have done this because they have witnessed mission creep in the tiny number of places that have changed the law to allow assisted suicide and euthanasia."
The anti-assisted suicide organization Care Not Killing
responded, "Right-minded people will be baffled that such an idea can be advanced, not least from one organization purporting to represent the interests of children.
It reminds me of a short report in the Echo of September 6 last year, in which Dr Peter Saunders, Director of the Care Not Killing
campaign, warned of "legislation by stealth".