Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Observations Life and Death

What’s wrong with assisted dying

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3755

Rapid Response:

Re: What’s wrong with assisted dying

Iona Heath usually writes putting the interests of patients first. Here she fails them and uses irrelevancies like the actions of Drs Mengele and Shipman to distort the discussion.

To seek assisted death in prolonged and intolerable circumstances is a rational act deserving respect and a demand for liberty of action with no harm to others.

How dare we state to and on behalf of informed others that we know better than them what is in their best interest? We are merely demonstating that we lack the courage to stand up for the patients who had hoped for our help.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 June 2012
Christopher J Burns-Cox
Emeritus Consultant Frenchay Hospital Bristol
Southend Farm, Wotton-under.Edge, GL12 7PBe GL12 7PB