Call for change in law on assisted suicide is defeated in conference debate

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 05 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3568
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Graeme Catto, former president of the UK General Medical Council, has called for parliament to legalise assisted dying “in some shape or form” for a small number of people experiencing unbearable suffering.

    Professor Catto said he was expressing his personal view and not that of the GMC, which as the United Kingdom’s regulator for doctors had to support the law of the land and therefore could have no position on assisted suicide.

    Speaking at a conference on the ethics of assisted suicide at the Royal Society of Medicine on 30 June, he said, “I genuinely believe …

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