Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Views And Reviews

Assisted dying: why the BMA does not poll members on nuanced ethical questions

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l593 (Published 06 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l593

Read our collection of articles on assisted dying

Rapid Response:

Re: Assisted dying: why the BMA does not poll members on nuanced ethical questions

I was relieved to hear that the BMA remains opposed to assisted dying. I was beginning to wonder, after the enclosure with each February issue of the BMJ a leaflet from Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying. Without balancing this enclosure with the inclusion of a leaflet from an organisation with a different stance, the impression created was one of tacit support for the HPAD view. Consider the impression that would be created if a leaflet was enclosed with the BMJ giving an apologetic view for FGM, as an example of another illegal medical procedure, and then consider whether it was appropriate for the BMJ to allow this leaflet to be circulated.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 February 2019
Sarah Glendinning
General Practitioner
Preston