Twelve senior doctors back physician assisted suicide bill

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3279
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Twelve past presidents of medical royal colleges are backing the Assisted Dying Bill, which would allow terminally ill people to commit suicide with a doctor’s help.

In a letter to the Times newspaper, the 12 senior doctors said that the central issue was “whether a small group of very advanced terminally ill patients should be allowed this degree of control over the end of their life and if so, the process by which they can obtain the assistance they require within the law.”1 They believed that there was “a strong case” for legalising assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.

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