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Letters Assisted dying

Legislation and debate are needed

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4020
  1. Philip Hartropp, retired general practitioner and palliative care lead for primary care trust1
  1. 1Peterborough, UK
  1. phartropp{at}

Heath asserts that “it will be impossible to draft a law robust enough to protect the vulnerable.”1 However, such legislation has been in place in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Oregon, USA, for at least 10 years, with no suggestion of coercion for the vulnerable and no rapid rise in numbers seeking …

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