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Doctors can help “right to die” man prepare his legal case without fear of prosecution

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e762 (Published 30 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e762
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Doctors and lawyers may investigate possible means for a man with locked-in syndrome to end his life and may prepare his case without fear of prosecution or action against them by their regulators, the High Court in London has declared.

The unprecedented declaration paves the way for a challenge to guidelines from the director of public prosecutions for England and Wales, which state that doctors and other healthcare professionals who assist a suicide are more likely to be prosecuted than relatives or friends.

The 47 year old man, named only as Martin, who had a …

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