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Letters Assisted dying debate

The Assisted Dying Bill is not a UK bill

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 08 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4768
  1. David A Stephenson, queen’s counsel1
  1. 1Advocates’ Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, UK
  1. d.a.stephenson{at}

It is misleading to refer to the Assisted Dying Bill as a UK bill.1 Although the bill is before the UK parliament it is intended to apply to England and Wales only. Clause 13(5) provides that the …

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