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Assisted dying: BMA surveys its members for first time

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 06 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m459

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Re: Assisted dying: BMA surveys its members for first time

Dear Editor,

As the widow of an MND patient, I would beg you to consider assisted dying as an acceptable option for patients diagnosed with terminal and untreatable conditions such as MND. Modern medicine cannot offer anything in the way of valid treatment for this appalling disease, just one single drug which may extend life for 3 months though do nothing for the symptoms.

Social care and otherwise does not provide adequate care for MND nor presumably other such conditions - my experience only relates to the lack of care available for him as an MND patient. If you have money you can pay fir extra carers, night-time nurses, extra equipment at a relevant time, not months too late.

Why should people who are genuinely incurable and of sound mind not be given the option by a trusted medic to end their suffering earlier than letting nature take its course? Because, be honest, that is all modern medicine is able to do - still - for such conditions.

Yours in hope

Nikki Davey

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 February 2020
Nikki M Davey