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Letters Assisted Dying Bill

Why the Assisted Dying Bill is not needed in England and Wales

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4964
  1. Rosemarie Anthony-Pillai, consultant in palliative medicine1
  1. 1Watford, UK
  1. roseap{at}

Delamothe and colleagues’ recent editorial referred to the strong public opinion in favour of the proposed law on assisted dying.1 This was also true in Oregon,2 yet Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act 2013 report shows that deaths under the act account for only 21.9 per 10 000 total deaths.3 Might this suggest that the public isn’t really …

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