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Letters Assisted dying

A carefully crafted law should protect and reassure vulnerable people

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 09 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4538
  1. Simon Kenwright, retired physician1
  1. 1Stowting, Near Ashford, Kent TN25 6BD, UK
  1. simonkenwright{at}

Of course the BMA should reinstate its neutral position on assisted dying.1 For terminally ill people the concern is removing the fear of suffering whether or not they ultimately choose it. Evidence that deep sedation is used more often in terminally ill people in the UK than in Belgium …

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