British grandmother Jackie Meacock poses for a snapshot with her children. Hours later she ended her life at Dignitas

'Our mother's last supper': How hours after British gran posed for this photo with her grown-up children she ended her life at Dignitas suicide clinic and why they have no regretsJackie Meacock suffered from dystonia – an incurable nerve conditionLife had become unbearable – driving was impossible and even a shopping trip ended in her giving up in tears after half an hourThe grandmother of nine paid 10,000 to end her life at the Swiss clinic she was on daily painkillers, including liquid morphine. As the months progressed, she could do less and less.

We"re a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62m prescriptions every year

We're a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62million prescriptions every yearExperts say doctors give out pills too readily, often just signing forms without checking detailsSix billion pills were bought over the counter last year, with sales growing at 4.1 per cent annually | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 28 December 2012 More than 62million prescriptions are written annually on the NHS, a 30 per cent rise in only five years Britain has become a nation of painkiller addicts, with soaring numbers of pills handed out by GPs.

Ministers order an inquiry into the care pathway payments that saw hospitals receive millions to implement controversial system

Ministers order an inquiry into the care pathway payments that saw hospitals receive millions to implement controversial systemSeveral cases have been reported where patients have been put on Liverpool Care Pathway without their family's knowledge Care minister Norman Lamb called the number of cases 'unacceptable'Liverpool Care Pathway through to be a part in 130,000 deaths of hospital patients every year | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 26 November 2012 Inquiry: Care minister Normal Lamb said the number of cases was 'unacceptable' Ministers yesterday ordered an independent inquiry into why hospitals have been paid to hit targets for numbers of patients dying on the Liverpool Care Pathway. The new investigation will examine how hospitals have received tens of millions of pounds to implement the controversial system for care of the dying.