Intended for healthcare professionals

Re: Why I decided to provide assisted dying: it is truly patient centred care

I was surprised at the publication bias of the BMJ in relation to its decision to print a 3 page pro-euthanasia article before the forthcoming RCP (Royal College of Physicians) poll on assisted dying, without any corresponding article from the opposite viewpoint in the print version. I couldn’t find a conflict of interest statement from the BMJ to accompany the article either, so that it is open and transparent to readers that the BMJ has previously declared as a journal that it is in favour of assisted dying.

I previously highlighted this publication bias and its impact on creditability of the BMJ as an independent and peer reviewed journal:

https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g4948.full?ijkey=2YeW0C3MMENs1KN&key...

and you published a response of reassurance:

https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g4349/rr/761428

I’m disasppointed that you have not followed the reassurances you gave.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 February 2019
Dylan Harris
Consultant in Palliative Medicine
Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil