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BMA meeting: BMA members reject neutral stance on assisted dying

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4448 (Published 28 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4448
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1BMJ Careers

BMA members have rejected calls for the organisation to take a neutral stance on assisted dying after a tense debate at the union’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth on 27 June.

A motion stating that assisted dying is a matter for society and not for the medical profession and that the BMA should adopt a neutral position on any change in the law was rejected by a considerable proportion of delegates at the conference.

The BMA’s 2010 guidance advises doctors to avoid all actions that might be interpreted as assisting, facilitating, or encouraging a suicide attempt, including advising patients on what constitutes a fatal dose of any drug and suggesting the option of suicide abroad. …

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