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Swiss group to allow assisted dying for elderly who are not terminally ill Published: May 27, 2014

A Swiss organisation that helps people take their own lives has voted to extend its services to elderly people who are not terminally ill.

Exit added "suicide due to old age" to their statutes at an annual general meeting held over the weekend, allowing people suffering from psychological or physical problems associated with old age the choice to end their life.

The move has been criticised by the Swiss Medical Association amid fears it will encourage suicide among the elderly.

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