Shropshire MP Mark Pritchard has warned that any attempt to change the law on assisted suicide would be ‘rigorously fought by MPs from across the House’.
The Conservative MP’s comments come after new health ministers Anna Soubry and Norman Lamb suggested there was a case for reassessing legislation concerning assisted suicide.
The British Medical Association (BMA) said it opposed any change to the law.
Telford MP Mr Pritchard said: “I agree with the British Medical Association and all the leading disability charities who both reject assisted dying legislation.
“For years the Liberal Democrats have wanted to bring forward legislation on euthanasia.
“This is a slippery slope and would put many vulnerable and elderly people under huge pressure should they become seriously ill.
“Health ministers should be seeking to improve healthcare for all – not end lives.”
Tory Anna Soubry reopened the right-to-die debate in an outspoken interview just days after being appointed a junior minister in the Department of Health in David Cameron’s reshuffle.
Ms Soubry said there needed to be more ‘honesty’ about the consequences.
“I think it’s ridiculous and appalling that people have to go abroad to end their life instead of being able to end their life at home,” she said.
And her Liberal Democrat colleague Mr Lamb, who was shifted to the health brief at the same time, said he believed there was ‘a strong case’ for the present law to be reconsidered.
However, ministers also faced a call to go further still from the widow of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson who died a week after he lost his bid to end his life with a doctor’s help.
Ms Soubry indicated that she would be opposed to any change that resulted in doctors being told they could kill someone.