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Letters Assisted suicide

Time for safety and consistency

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3137
  1. Peter-Marc Fortune, consultant paediatric intensivist1
  1. 1Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester M27 4HA
  1. peter-marc.fortune{at}

    Many of the fears associated with assisted suicide seem to be focused on the risks to vulnerable people that would be associated with any legalisation of such practice. What is so safe about the current position? The possibility of being reported for offering “excessive” medication in the pursuit of palliation is …

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