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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

Philip Hartropp makes such a good point. There is still no obligation to inform people about the need to make their wishes known. Nor are advocates always identified even though their need has been acknowledged for a long time. It leaves individuals at risk of being subjected to others' personal opinions. That the UK has a very long way to go in dealing with these issues is illustrated by the eight Pilot End of Life Locality Registers (which did not even touch of the issue of Assisted Dying) published on the Ipsos Mori website.

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13 June 2012
susanne stevens