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Paralysed man seeks legal clarity over doctors’ role in assisting suicide

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7729 (Published 29 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7729
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A man in England who is almost completely paralysed and who wants a doctor to be allowed to help him die is seeking a preliminary High Court declaration that lawyers and doctors will not be prosecuted or brought before professional regulators simply for their part in preparing his court application.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the General Medical Council have refused to give assurances that the lawyers and doctors involved in the case will not be accused of professional misconduct, and the director of public prosecutions for England and Wales will not guarantee not to prosecute them for assisting a suicide.

The 46 year old man, named only as Martin, …

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