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Letters Assisted Dying Bill

Assisting suicide goes against why most of us became doctors

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4965
  1. Fiona M A MacCormick, teaching and research fellow1
  1. 1Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Tyneside General Hospital, North Shields NE29 8NH, UK
  1. f.maccormick{at}

In their editorial on why the Assisted Dying Bill should become law in England and Wales Delamothe and colleagues put aside concerns about the difficulty in forecasting the end of life by citing a study which found that doctors often overestimate prognosis.1 Yet they fail to highlight that this study looked at prognosis only in those with advanced cancer, not …

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