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Assisted dying: doctors challenge RCGP’s “irrational” interpretation of poll

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 18 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3679
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. The BMJ

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has been threatened with legal proceedings unless it reconsiders its “irrational” decision to continue to oppose any change in UK law to permit assisted dying.

The college had said on 21 February that its 2019 membership survey did not present a mandate to change its stance opposing assisted dying.1 Critics argue that most respondents voted for the college to change its position from opposition and that a neutral position would best reflect the results.

The survey, run by Savanta ComRes from 29 October to 15 December 2019, had 6674 respondents, a 13% response rate. Of these, 47% (3144) said that the RCGP should oppose a change in the law, 40% (2684) said that …

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