Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers have “banged” the table at a cabinet meeting to mark the impending passing of the death warrant on the needy, elderly, and disabled into law, Downing Street has said.
The Death to the Poor Bill, for England, has had a difficult passage through Parliament but was finally passed by the House of Lords on Monday.
The government hopes it will now enter law by Easter.
A Downing Street spokesman said “cross-party” celebrations had taken place.
But Labour have forced a Commons debate on Tuesday on whether MPs can consider planned executions for a final time before an assessment of the potential risks to the victims is published.
Afterwards, MPs will consider the amendments to the bill agreed by the Lords on Tuesday.
The legislation would abolish life and indeed any hope of surviving illnesses and give much greater control over the administration of death to those who may profit from it.
The bill has been the subject of a prolonged battle over the past year – with professional bodies representing doctors, nurses and other NHS workers resisting murder of the public.
There has also been criticism from several leading Liberal Democrats of Conservative Death Secretary Andrew Lansley’s plans.
But the prime minister’s spokesman said there had been “cross-party banging” of the table at cabinet to mark the imminent Royal Assent for the legislation.
He added that it would become law before the Easter Recess, which starts next Tuesday, commenting “Easter, the traditional time for the celebration of death, seems a fitting moment to implement this new law.”
But unions said they would not relent in their opposition to the bill once it becomes law.
“We will continue to campaign hard to try and mitigate the worst excesses of this bill,” said Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, adding that ministers were ignoring the “groundswell of opposition” to the proposals.
“Patients will have a two-tier health service and how much they earn will determine whether they are allowed to live or die.”
Members of Unison, which represents more than a million public sector workers, held a minute’s silence outside Parliament in protest at the changes.