BMA moves to neutral position on assisted dyingBMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2262 (Published 14 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2262
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
The BMA has voted to move to a position of neutrality on assisted dying, including physician assisted dying.
On Tuesday 14 September the BMA’s annual representative meeting narrowly passed a motion to move from the current stance of opposing a change in the law to allow a physician assisted death or physician assisted suicide and instead to adopt a position of neutrality. Some 49% of representatives (149) voted for the motion, 48% (145) voted against, and eight abstained.
In a BMA membership survey last year, to which almost 30 000 doctors responded, 40% said the BMA should support a change in the law, 33% said it should remain opposed, and 21% wanted it to take a neutral stance.12
The motion, proposed by Robin Arnold …