Re: What’s wrong with assisted dying
Seeking to help terminally ill patients die with dignity at a time and place of their choosing has nothing in common with the murderous activities of Mengele and Shipman who notably failed to take the views of their patients into consideration. The contrived link between these two notorious doctors and the issue of assisted suicide, without justification, emphasises the weakness of the case advanced by Iona Heath.
Opinion polls have consistently demonstrated that 75 – 80% of the population favours a change in the law to allow assisted suicide in specific circumstances. This is a matter for society and parliament to consider. At a time when our profession is under intense scrutiny, we all have a responsibility to express our considered views cogently.
Competing interests: Chair, Dignity in Dying.