RCP adopts neutral stance on assisted dying after poll of membersBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1340 (Published 21 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1340
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
The Royal College of Physicians is to remove its opposition to assisted dying and adopt a neutral stance on the issue after announcing the results of a poll of its members.
Of the 6885 doctors who responded to the poll (20% of the RCP’s members and fellows), 43% thought that the college should be opposed to changing the law on assisted dying. This was similar to the 44% when RCP members were last polled in 2014.
But the proportion of respondents wanting the RCP to support a change in the law increased to 32% in 2019, from 25% in 2014. A quarter of respondents (25%) in the latest poll thought that the RCP should be neutral, down from 31% in 2014.
The result means that the college will now adopt a neutral position, which it had pledged to …