Intended for healthcare professionals

Letters Assisted dying

My journey from anti to pro assisted dying

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 09 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4592
  1. Sam H Ahmedzai, professor of palliative medicine1
  1. 1Academic Unit of Supportive Care, Department of Oncology, Medical School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2RX, UK
  1. s.ahmedzai{at}

I support the move to make doctors’ professional organisations neutral about assisted dying.1 2 As a consultant in hospice and hospital palliative medicine for 27 years, I have, however, been fervently against changing the law in this respect. I remain sceptical about euthanasia (the deliberate ending of a life by an act performed by another person). But in recent years I have radically moved my position on assisted suicide—when a competent …

View Full Text

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription