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BMA annual meeting: “Bizarre” conference motion could “stifle” debate on physician assisted dying

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 20 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3431
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

A doctor who campaigns for assisted dying to be made legal in the United Kingdom has described as “bizarre” the scheduling of debates and motions on the subject at the BMA’s annual representatives meeting this week.

Jacky Davis is a consultant radiologist at the Whittington Hospital in London, chair of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying, and a member of the BMA’s council and its medical ethics committee.

She told The BMJ that the timing of a motion calling for the conference to end all discussion of BMA policy on assisted dying on Tuesday 21 June could stifle a debate on care at the end of life and physician assisted suicide planned for Wednesday afternoon. …

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