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Legalisation of assisted dying does not harm palliative care, study concludes

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6779 (Published 24 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6779
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The legalisation of assisted dying does not undermine the provision of good palliative care, a report comparing six European countries concludes.

Palliative care is as well developed in countries that have legalised assisted suicide or euthanasia as in those that haven’t, says the report from the European Association of Palliative Care.

The study was commissioned by the think tank Demos for the independent UK Commission on Assisted Dying, chaired by the former lord chancellor Charles Falconer, which is considering whether the law should be changed in England and Wales to allow terminally ill people to be helped to die. The …

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