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Commission is set up to consider law on assisted dying

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6622
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An independent commission headed by former Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer is to consider whether the law should be changed to allow assisted dying in England and Wales.

The 12 person commission, which is expected to report in October 2011, will consider what system, if any, should exist to allow people to be helped to die, and whether any changes in the law should be introduced.

The names of the other members—who include ethicists, doctors, lawyers, and law enforcement professionals—will be announced when the commission is launched on 30 November with …

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