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Assisted dying: RCGP continues to oppose change in law after polling members

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 21 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m708
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) will continue to oppose a change in the law on assisted dying, having conducted a survey of its members.

The decision was ratified by the college’s governing council on 21 February. The RCGP said that 6674 members responded to its survey on assisted dying, a 13.47% response rate.

Of those who responded, 47% (3144) said that the RCGP should oppose a change in the law on assisted dying. A further 40% of respondents (2684) said that the RCGP should support a change in the law on assisted dying provided a regulatory framework and appropriate safeguarding processes are in place, 11% (701) said that the college should have a neutral position, and 2% (145) abstained.

The RCGP Council agreed that the survey results did not support a change in …

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