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Letters BMA stance on assisted dying

Assisted dying: we need universal access to palliative care first

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 22 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4743
  1. Simon N Etkind, specialty trainee year 4 in palliative care
  1. Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy, and Rehabilitation, London SE5 9PJ, UK
  1. simon.etkind{at}

The BMA agreed in June to poll its members on assisted dying, with the proposer of the motion stating that “even if everyone had access to the best hospice care, at least 5000 people a year would die in unrelieved pain.” …

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