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Letters Assisted dying debate

A baroness replies

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3762
  1. Ilora G Finlay, professor of palliative medicine1
  1. 1Cardiff University and Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff CF14 2TL
  1. finlayi{at}

    Delamothe is right about one thing: we should not equate disability with terminal illness.1 Not all disabled people are terminally ill, though many terminally ill people are disabled by their illness. The vulnerability of disabled people to collateral harm from the legalisation of assisted dying depends on the impact of their illness, their degree of …

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