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Letters Assisted Dying Bill

Widening the net of assisted suicide to vulnerable people

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4967
  1. Sameer Mallick, Medical Research Council clinical research training fellow in otolaryngology1
  1. 1University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
  1. a.s.mallick{at}

Although the idea of performing assisted death without the person’s consent may seem absurd, this has occasionally occurred in Belgium and the Netherlands.1 2 Furthermore, Belgium has recently passed a law legalising euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit.3 This is precisely the slippery …

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