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As a fellow of the RCP, I am very concerned this poll is highly undemocratic.
At such a time as this, we must not remain silent. Physicians enter the profession to care for patients.
Let’s hope >60% of members and fellows of the royal college of physicians will vote against change in the position of the college from opposing assisted suicide to “neutral”. We must safeguard vulnerable patients. A move of the college’s position in the wrong direction may lead to many premature and preventable deaths , especially of people who are made by others to feel they are a “burden” (a reason given by 55.2% (79/143) of the patients recorded as dying by assisted suicide in Oregon in 2017.
If there is a change in the law, it will be impossible to safeguard many vulnerable people.
1.Oregon Death with Dignity Act, 2017 Data Summary: 10
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12 February 2019
Consultant Cardiologist& Cardiology Directorate Research lead