I NOTE the recent correspondence on the right to die. It would be good to know the credentials of those individuals who challenge the right to assisted dying.

Are they in constant pain with the prospect of slow deterioration the only prognosis? Is their normal lifestyle completely incapacitated? Are they obliged to endure daily indignities? Or have they looked on as their loved one suffers in this way? On what experience do these people have the right to control and ultimately legislate on anyone’s right to die?

Secondly, have any of these people actually researched what is involved in achieving an assisted death? It certainly does not make it easy for a "vulnerable person" (Letters, September 9) to find their way through it, given the number of forms and certificates and affidavits required to complete it. The whole procedure takes around four months.

Just how the availability of assisted death as an option pressures the "vulnerable" defeats me.

Karin Currie, Glasgow G41.

Granddaddy cool

THELMA Edwards’s train journey (Letters, September 9) reminded me that my grand-daughter gave me the accolade of “Oh, that’s cool!” last week when I told her I used to know Dr Who’s father. I didn’t tell her that so did hundreds if not thousands of others in the west of Scotland [The Doctor in question was David Tennant.] I didn’t disclose, though, that I also know one of the Doctor’s former teachers as that might have stretched her credulity too far.

Gilbert MacKay, Newton Mearns.