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Draft bill on assisted dying opens for consultation

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4561
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A former lord chancellor, Charles Falconer, is to introduce a private member’s bill in the House of Lords which would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

The Assisted Dying Bill, published in draft form on 3 July, will be open for consultation until 20 November and is expected to be introduced in the UK’s upper chamber in the new year.

The draft bill follows the recommendations of the Commission on Assisted Dying, which Falconer chaired, and would set up a framework with safeguards to allow mentally competent adults with …

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