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Doctors and patients support right to die

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1354 (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1354

Strong support for the right of adults to decide when they want to die has emerged from a survey of 986 members of the public and 1000 doctors and pharmacists. The survey forms part of a year long study of the issues surrounding doctor assisted suicide by Glasgow University's Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine.

The report, by the institute's director, Professor Sheila McLean, and research fellow, Alison Britten, includes a “cautious” draft bill that the researchers call a “legislative template” for moving forward. The researchers …

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