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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3275

Lawyers seek clarification on role of UK doctors in assisted suicide: The UK Medical Protection Society says it will question MPs in the autumn on whether doctors may be prosecuted if they provide medical reports about a patient’s condition or fitness to travel knowing that this information will be passed to clinics such as Dignitas that help people end their life. They are also seeking clarification on whether doctors have a duty to report a patient’s intentions to the authorities.

Men are more likely to abandon sick partners: Married women with a diagnosis of a serious medical condition are more likely to be abandoned by their partner than married men are. The risk of divorce or separation after diagnosis when the …

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